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After Talks, India Still Wary of China

During a visit to India last week by Chinese defence minister General Liang Guanglie, the two countries agreed to resume joint military exercises. But India remains wary of China’s growing presence in South Asia and the...

Reports Conflict on Detained Fishermen

Despite China’s growing involvement in Sri Lanka’s development and the construction of port Hambantota, China Daily reports Sri Lanka has arrested 37 Chinese fishermen for fishing in Sri Lankan waters. These reports come amid...

China’s Development Diplomacy

Saferworld’s Thomas Wheeler examines China’s impact on the international aid system and recipient countries, and suggests that a chance exists for greater aid co-operation between China and the West. From The...

How Beijing Won Sri Lanka’s Civil War

The Independent reports on China’s role in last year’s end to the brutal civil war in Sri Lanka between the Tamil Tigers (aka Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam): In defiance of all predictions, the war was brought to...

India Worries as China Builds Ports in South Asia

China is worrying the Indian government by developing the port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka: Now, China is investing millions to turn this fishing hamlet into a booming new port, furthering an ambitious trading strategy in South...

James Lamont and Amy Kazmin: Fear of Influence

The Financial Times published the following analysis: Hambantota, in southern Sri Lanka, was a sleepy seaside village devastated by the 2004 tsunami. Famous for salt flats and a searing climate, it’s most celebrated building was...

Brahma Chellaney: China Fuels Sri Lankan War

From the Japan Times: Sri Lanka, the once self-trumpeted “island of paradise,” turned into the island of bloodshed more than a quarter-century ago. But even by its long, gory record, the bloodletting since last year...

India, China Jostle For Influence 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...

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