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Sri Lanka to Continue with a Foreign Policy Favorable to China

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25.04.2020

Despite his attempts to reduce Chinese influence during the initial stage of his tenure, Sirisena had later realized that China has already established so deep influence in his country that he had little power to change this reality. Now that pro-China Rajapaksa-brothers are back in Sri Lanka’s driving seat, they will push Sri Lanka further into China’s lap.

[Bahauddin Foizee | Oped Column Syndication]

Sri Lanka and its ports are strategically important to major regional and global economic powers, as they lie along one of world’s busiest and most important sea lines of communication (SLoC). This is why major powers, including China, always crave for establishing their economic and military presence in this strategically important island.

SRI LANKA’S TILT TOWARDS CHINA UNDER MAHINDA

When Mahinda Rajapaksa became the Sri Lankan president in 2005, he took this strategically important island nation closer to China. During Mahinda’s two terms of presidency from 2005 to 2015, he had given China the opportunity to engage heavily in his country’s economy and defense, enabling China to establish too much influence to ignore it.

Chinese investment in Sri Lanka now amounts to an estimated US$11 billion, including US$8 billion in the form of loans related to Belt and........

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