Mere creation of a CDS will not do unless there is integration of operational commands.
The appointment stems from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's concern for national security especially at entry points like ports
Australia had helped Sri Lanka solve its problems without naming and shaming it for alleged rights violations
China's involvement in Sri Lanka's economy is too deep for Colombo to go for renegotiations
With China taking a firm stand, renegotiating the 99-year lease of the Hambantota port appears unlikely.
Once the city becomes a political flashpoint, it can kiss its status as a global business hub goodbye.
Unlike the past, China did not rush to congratulate President Gotabaya, and Xi's message too was matter-of-fact.
India takes the lead in cultivating the Gotabaya government in response to Gotabaya's interest in good relations with India.
And China is likely to be Lanka's main development financier.
Under Gotabaya, India will be Lanka's main security provider and China will be a major source of development funds.