John Kachtik is a government relations specialist based in Singapore. He previously served as national security advisor in the US Senate and has directed foreign assistance programs across Asia.
With a presidential election set for September, Maldivian candidates need to balance the economy and Beijing.
A form guide to the key races that will determine what role Republicans play in the US approach to regional challenges.
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