Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Colombo, August 16: Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, appears to be making a bid to capture the island’s core political constituency – the Sinhala Buddhist-Nationalist constituency – in the absence of credible senior claimants, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. The constituency was well served by Mahinda Rajapaksa until he […]

Hambantota port deal signed before cabinet sub-committee’s report, says Lankan cabinet minister

Hambantota port deal signed before cabinet sub-committee’s report, says Lankan cabinet minister

Colombo, August 14 (Daily Mirror):  The Sri Lankan Minister for Science and Technology, Susil Premajayantha has said that the agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the Chinese company, CMPort, on the Hambantota harbor, was signed on July 29 before the cabinet Sub-Committee on the deal had submitted its report. Premajayantha ,who belongs to the […]

Bhutan rejects China’s claim on Doklam

Bhutan rejects China’s claim on Doklam

New Delhi, August 11: The Bhutanese government has once again reportedly referred to its foreign ministry statement issued about six weeks ago that Doklam is Bhutanese territory, thereby rejecting a recent Chinese claim that Bhutan had agreed the area belongs to China, Asian Age reports.. “Official sources in the Bhutanese government” were quoted as telling […]

China rejects Sushma Swaraj’s suggestion for simultaneous withdrawal from Doklam

China rejects Sushma Swaraj’s suggestion for simultaneous withdrawal from Doklam

By Atul Aneja/The Hindu Beijing, August 8: China has rejected Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s suggestion that both India and China should simultaneously withdraw  their troops from Doklam to defuse the current explosive situation. China on Tuesday did not rule out war as a possibility to end the standoff between Chinese and Indian troops at […]

China enlarges its footprint in South Asia

China enlarges its footprint in South Asia

China is increasing its footprint throughout South Asia, with global power United States under Donald Trump becoming inward looking, and regional power India being hamstrung by financial constraints and bilateral political issues bedeviling  relations with its South Asian neighbors, writes P.k.Balachandran in Daily Mirror. Technically, the Sino-Lankan Concessional Agreement of July 29 over the funding […]

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need to modernize to be competitive

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need to modernize to be competitive

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond, but they, China included, lag behind the West in terms of organizational structure and technology, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.southasianmonitor.com. Indeed, all three countries have come a long way from total dependence on […]

Chinese envoy predicts Sino-Lankan university to train professionals

Chinese envoy predicts Sino-Lankan university to train professionals

Colombo, August 6: (newsin.asia): The Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang, has predicted the establishment of a joint Sino-Lanka University to train professionals to work in Chinese establishments and industries expected to come up in Sri Lanka. Addressing a group of 18 Sri Lankan students who have been given Chinese government scholarships to study […]

China not to use Lanka’s strategic location for its security needs, envoy says

China not to use Lanka’s strategic location for its security needs, envoy says

Colombo , August 6 (newsin.asia): The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang, on Saturday assured Sri Lankans that China will never use Sri Lanka’s strategic location in the Indian Ocean for its strategic and security needs. Speaking at the reception to the Chinese naval hospital ship Ark Peace at the Colombo harbor, Yi said: […]

China says it will be better for India and Japan to link their Asia-Africa corridor with OBOR

China says it will be better for India and Japan to link their Asia-Africa corridor with OBOR

Beijing, August 3 (newsin.asia): China is not opposed to the Indo-Japanese Asia Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) but would like it to be linked to its own One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, and that will be a sensible thing to do for India and Japan, writes Xiao Xin in Global Times. “Some who seek to […]

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