People familiar with the developments say the Maldives may not be Mr Rajapaksa's final destination.
To avoid potential crises and boost growth and productivity, more coordinated international action is urgently needed.
Germany’s incoming supply chain law can make way for Berlin and Singapore to place human rights at the highest level.
The current gas crisis in the country was not inevitable, but is the result of not doing enough to find and lift the gas from below the ground.
Russia’s launch of its powerful military against a weaker nation provides China with a precedent.
The problem is that most foreign farm workers are overworked and underpaid with little recourse against their bosses.
The unprecedented long period of high energy prices and supply shortage are exerting tremendous pressure on all economies.
China-Japan relations remain complicated 50 years after the normalisation of ties.
The fundamental question raised at a recent forum remains valid - how should Australia deal with a bloc that has remained divided.
Both are ambitious and any kind of political adventurism will ensue a new power struggle between the two.