China opens embassy in Maldives

China`s move is seen as another step to increase its influence across a S Asian region that India has traditionally dominated.

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2011, 17:36 PM IST

Addu: China has opened an embassy in the Maldives in a move seen as another step to increase its influence across a South Asian region that India has traditionally dominated.

The Maldives says the embassy in the Indian Ocean archipelago was opened on Tuesday. That was two days before the Maldives began hosting a summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation that is being attended by the leaders of India and Pakistan.

China is among the nine observer nations of the association, which also includes the United States.

China has been working to expand its influence in the region in a strategy that has been dubbed the "string of pearls”. India has expressed concern over China`s moves.

Bureau Report