India ‘silent’ on growing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa
Posted on December 29th, 2016


December 29, 2016  11:35 pm

Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday claimed that India was silent” on growing Chinese influence in the island nation while it was more vocal on the issue during his administration.

All my Indian friends were shouting against me when Chinese submarines came to Colombo port. But now they are silent like rats,” he said addressing foreign correspondents.

Asked on what basis he can claim that Indians were no longer worried about Chinese influence in Lanka, Rajapkasa said, They were openly expressing it then”.

He said he stands opposed to Chinese being given 15,000 acres in his hometown of Hambantota for an industrial park.

We welcome the industrial park but 15,000 acres would be too much,” he said.

He thought India might also be waiting to see if the Trincomalee harbour or the Palaly airport in the north may be given to them by the Maithripala Sirisena government.

Rajapaksa said India, which had backed him in the war against the LTTE, was influenced by the US to work against him.

I wanted them to come (actively support the military campaign) they did not because of the South Indian attitude,” Rajapaksa said.

Rajapaksa alleged his ouster was due to a sustained campaign by the West, India’s RAW and others which had started two years before the 2015 January presidential election which he called two years ahead of schedule. — PTI


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2 Responses to “India ‘silent’ on growing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    A good observation.

    This calls into question the sincerity of the pro-Tamil Eelam/India UNP regime. Are they serious about Chinese investments or are they just inducing India to invest by dangling the China card to India?

  2. Gunadasa Says:

    In the contrary to popular understanding, Ranil Wickremasingha is a foolish and incompetent politician. His inability to become president for so many years is the proof. He has no policies or any self-confidence to give any kind of leadership to the nation. Another proof of this is evident looking at his advisory board.
    CBK is not too far away. She was selected by default, not having a better person.
    Despite winning the war Maninda went to a level far below him to loose two elections to this man. Unless he understands this, there is no hope. No point telling the world about conspiracies which always exist, when you are a powerful leader with all the powers in hand it is you who is responsible for the defeat.
    It is not sufficient just to keep saying I am honest and clever. It will be on display when you rule a nation.

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