India, China vie for influence as crisis unfolds in Maldives

India, China vie for influence as crisis unfolds in Maldives
- Traditionally the archipelago of 1,200 islands and a population of 390,000 Sunni Muslims has been firmly in New Delhi's sphere of influence, with India even intervening in 1988, when a group of mercenaries tried to seize power. Its support helped keep former strongman Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in ...