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"...request the departure of India’s training contingent..."

That's not such a bad thing; the underlying current should be away from militarism, so that shouldn't do too many people too much harm.

"...possibly invite more Chinese investment, particularly in civilian infrastructure like naval ports and possibly also airports...."

By the same measure, that can't hurt too much, either.

"Likewise, it’s also not expected to unfold in the Maldives either."

So, that makes for two wins and no losses, by my count. As 'Meatloaf' (I think it was.) said, "Two outta three ain't bad."

"...exploit the optics..."

Never a good sign.

"...supported by the West..."

Even worse!

"...corruption charges that he claims are politically motivated."

Watch this space for news on Slovakia's most recent contribution, as: a) "Fico could strain EU and NATO unity" leads to b) the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak followed by the inevitable claims and charges. Same-same.

"... fuel the efforts of those with self-interested motives..."

As above; or, as Led Zepplin said (and I know this one):

"Always the same, playing your game, drive me insane; trouble's gonna come to you.

One of these days, and it won't be long..."

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