Xi Jinping greets Maldives prez-elect Solih; hopes to better ties

Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping has greeted the Maldives President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who defeated pro-China incumbent Abdullah Yameen, raising concern in Beijing over its big investments in the strategically located country in the Indian Ocean.China, which has invested millions of dollars in different projects in the Maldives, is weighing its options in the country as Yameen has been trounced by Solih, widely regarded as a pro-India leader.Xinhua reported about Xi’s congratulatory message to Solih after the Maldive’s election commission confirmed his win, putting to rest speculation Yameen plans to dispute results to continue in power. -Agencies

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