Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Photo: Reuters

Sri Lanka’s tilt towards China expected to be ‘low key’ as new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa takes the reins

  • Incoming leader says he will not allow the island nation to be pulled into a proxy contest among the world’s major powers
  • But analysts foresee a cautious creep towards the pro-Beijing policies of predecessor and brother Mahinda
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Photo: Reuters
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.