Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (left) welcomes visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Infrastructure projects must bring benefits, not rivalry

  • Deal between Sri Lanka, Japan and India to jointly develop Colombo container port should not be seen as competitor to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, but viewed as complementing it

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (left) welcomes visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Pumps dredge sand near to Colombo’s main seaport. China, India and Japan are all helping Sri Lanka to develop the port. Photo: AFP

Did Japan and India just launch a counter to China’s Belt and Road?

  • India and Japan are to help Sri Lanka develop Colombo Port – prompting speculation of a challenge to Beijing’s signature infrastructure programme
  • Is it just a case of two countries throwing their hat into the ring – or part of a deeper challenge to Chinese influence in the region?
Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative

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Pumps dredge sand near to Colombo’s main seaport. China, India and Japan are all helping Sri Lanka to develop the port. Photo: AFP
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