Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was elected Sri Lankan president in November. Photo: AFP

Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa plays downs links with China on trip to India

  • Ties between Colombo and Beijing are ‘purely commercial’, new leader says
  • If other nations don’t invest in island nation, Beijing will take its Belt and Road Initiative ‘all over’, he says
Topic |   China-Sri Lanka relations

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was elected Sri Lankan president in November. Photo: AFP
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena shake hands at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing earlier this year. Photo: Kyodo

The China question in Sri Lanka’s presidential election

  • One of the front runners in Saturday’s poll could steer Colombo closer to Beijing but the focus should be on the longer term, observers say
Topic |   Sri Lanka

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena shake hands at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing earlier this year. Photo: Kyodo
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