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IPFS News Link • Saudi Arabia

A Tiny Island Nation You've Never Heard Of Has Become A Global Battleground

•, by Darius Shahtahmasebi

"As part of the support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Saudi Fund for Development and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development has pledged $160 million in support of the Maldives and its brotherly people for the development projects including the airport development and fisheries sector of the Maldives," a statement on the Maldives presidency website said on February 18.

Foreign debt is viewed with great enthusiasm by the current governments in the Asia-Pacific region, but not so much by the rest of the population. Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed recently warned that its monumental debt to China has put the country at risk of a "land grab."

"We can't pay the $1.5-2 billion debt to China," Nasheed told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview.