China opens embassy in Male’

China established a full diplomatic mission to the Maldives yesterday with the opening of its embassy in the capital Male’.

“They (the Chinese) wanted to open the embassy before the [SAARC] summit,” Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem told AFP.

“Indian officials have expressed fears that this is part of a Chinese policy to throw a ‘string of pearls’ – or a circle of influence – around India,” the AFP reported.