The new president of the Maldives, Ibrahim Solih, was sworn in earlier this month, only to find that the state coffers had been “looted” by his autocratic predecessor. Solih has pledged to rein in corruption and realign the Maldives’ foreign policy. David Brewster explains why that won’t be easy.
China's Belt and Road Initiative
Since taking office, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has suspended major Chinese-backed infrastructure projects and spoken out over Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea. As the U.S. pulls back from Southeast Asia, does Mahathir represent the last bulwark against China’s regional ambitions?
At the opening of a huge new trade show in Shanghai this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping sought to convince increasingly skeptical observers that China wants to be a force for global prosperity. Yet that notion is running into a wall of doubt because of Xi’s signature Belt and Road Initiative.