India, China compete in Indian Ocean

From AP:

This battered harbor town on Sri Lanka‘s southern tip, with its scrawny men selling even scrawnier fish, seems an unlikely focus for an emerging international competition over energy supply routes that fuel much of the .

An impoverished place still recovering from the devastation of the 2004 Indian Ocean , Hambantota has a desolate air, a sense of nowhereness, punctuated by the realization that looking south over the expanse of ocean, the next landfall is Antarctica.

But just over the horizon runs one of the world’s great trade arteries, the shipping lanes where thousands of vessels carry from the Middle East and raw materials to , returning with television sets, toys and sneakers for European .

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