Sri Lankan military personnel march in traditional dress holding national flags during the country’s independence day in February 4. Photo: AFP
Sri Lankan military personnel march in traditional dress holding national flags during the country’s independence day in February 4. Photo: AFP

As China-India tensions escalate, can Sri Lanka avoid becoming a pawn in a big power game?

  • New Delhi’s historical influence over Colombo looks to be waning in the face of increased investment and other economic overtures from Beijing
  • But observers caution the South Asian island nation would be better off looking to Singapore’s example and avoid picking sides

Sri Lankan military personnel march in traditional dress holding national flags during the country’s independence day in February 4. Photo: AFP
Sri Lankan military personnel march in traditional dress holding national flags during the country’s independence day in February 4. Photo: AFP
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