Did Sirisena Fall in the Japanese Death Trap?
Posted on June 1st, 2016
Japan and USA used the G7 summit to bash China and rope in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Vietnam by the lure of funds (loans) to disrupt China. If Sri Lanka changes its stand on South China Sea as a result, there will be dire consequences. Not even powerful nations mess with China. It is utterly foolish for Lankans to go against China just to receive peanuts from Japan partly to be wasted on useless projects in the north.
Japanese assistance of $340 million pales into insignificance when compared against Chinese assistance. That too is a loan from Japan. Close to one third of it goes to Tamil-only Jaffna University which benefits only a very small fraction of the people. Japan has also promised, since 2014, two patrol ships. It failed to deliver them for 2 years already after making the initial promise in 2014. Once Sri Lanka Navy has them, Japan will force Lanka to participate in joint naval exercises much to the annoyance of China. Sri Lanka will continue to incur very heavy maintenance cost paid to Japan for spare parts of annual maintenance. Since the cost of everything in Japan is extremely higher than China, the real benefit Sri Lanka receives will be much less than China even if the amounts were the same.
Japan-Sri Lanka Joint Statement is aimed at hurting China. It said the two countries are committed to the freedom of the seas and for the respect of the international law of the seas. China is set to reject the court ruling on South China Sea sought by the Philippines. By ganging up against China, Sri Lanka is fighting Japan’s proxy war against China. This joint statement is also a contradiction of Lanka’s previous position. Sri Lanka’s earlier position was that the dispute must be resolved by regional countries peacefully using bilateral negotiations. It was acceptable to China. The new stand hurts China and repercussions will be nasty.
In 1951, USA and Japan lured Ceylon and Pakistan to support the San Francisco Peace Treaty (SFPT) that deprived China its islands it lost to Imperial Japan since 1895. Instead of returning these to China, they were retained by USA until transferring them to Japan. It was a fraud on China. Hopefully Sirisena didn’t fall in the Japanese death trap JR fell in 1951. If he did, the fatality of his wrong foreign policy choice will be felt very soon.