Sri Lanka defends China's presence in Indian Ocean

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  1. ShabiKB

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    Sri Lanka defends China's presence in Indian Ocean
    Colombo, Dec 13 , 2012 (IANS)
    Despite defending China's presence in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka Thursday distanced itself from being identified as an ally, insisting that multi- million dollar funding for ports and other projects was purely a "commercial interest".

    Addressing a gathering of naval delegations from 28 countries at the annual maritime conference in the southern city of Galle, Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa supported China's increasing presence in the region, Xinhua reported.

    Admitting that there was "wariness" by India and the US on China's increasing presence, he justified it on the trade and economic interests China has in the Indian Ocean.

    "China has an industry intensive economy that requires oil imports amounting to more than 200 million tonnes every year. Most of these oil imports are sourced from the Middle East, and then transported through the Indian Ocean to China."

    "It is obvious that the safety and stability of the Indian Ocean is critical for China's energy security, and its increasing interest and increasing naval presence in this region is quite understandable," Rajapaksa said.

    Rajapaksa went on to commend China for its economic assistance to the south Asian region.

    However, he insisted that lumping the $360 million China funded Hambantota port in the southern part of the country and the $500 million Colombo harbour expansion project was a fallacy.

    "From Sri Lanka"s perspective, I wish to clarify that the Chinese investment in the Hambantota port is a purely economic one. Sri Lanka has always pursued a non-aligned foreign policy, and our only interest is in our economic development," he said.

    Recalling the lost potential of the island during the three-decade war, Rajapaksa said that after it ended in 2009, Sri Lanka reached out to many countries including China for development assistance.

    "We welcome assistance from anybody who is willing to give it without harsh conditions being attached. This should not be misunderstood as a form of alignment with any one country or another. In fact, there are many development projects going on in Sri Lanka that are funded by India, China, Japan, and many other countries."

    The Chinese delegation also said their policy remained dedicated to peaceful engagement with countries in the Indian Ocean.

    Sri Lanka defends China's presence in Indian Ocean
     
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    How will sri lanka defend its existence in indian ocean ?
     
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    Will TN do the job?
     
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    They defended their existence for thousands of years, China and Sri Lanka has always been good friend nations.
    One of sri lanka's princes lived his whole life in Quanzhou in Ming Dynasty, his offsprings are now purely Chinese.
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    Lanka primier with Mrs. Xushiyine, offspring of one of lanka's heir apparent some 500 years ago.

    Even Lanka people are peaceloving buddhists, they can sacrifice their lives to defend themselves against any invasion or external intent of control.


    http://news.163.com/10/0720/02/6C0J50TI00014AED.html
     
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    Primier Zhou Enlai visited Sri Lanka in 1964
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    One of SL's princess stayed in China. Excellent.

    The SL Kings were from India!
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Indian Ocean is international waters as is the South China Sea.

    Likewise Vietnam, and all nations around the South China Sea welcomes the presence of the US Navy.
     
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    But they will never say they got ambushed after speaking
     
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    Exactly! Every small country always want to bring other powers to counter balance the big guy in its neighbourhood.
     
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    And the small country will be suffocated in the fight of big players, its better for them to play safe. All the targets are within 20 min reach for IAF.
     
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    Do you chinese have short term memory loss in SCO thread u guys say India is a girl & has no class or power to go toe to toe or hand in hand . Now u say india is big guy in neighbour hood & counter balance all this stuff

    I had enough of this pls let us when u will liberate Arunachal pradesh & other states which is called as seven sister state?

    And ask your waitress pakistan as well when they liberate kashmir & Delhi

    Because im sick of Indian political rule :taunt::lol::namaste::cool2:
     
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    although I like the slogan "India China bhai bhai", but most relationship between country and country like women or girl's.
    India is a girl so does China. we were so young, we scrabbled for toy, now we are teenage, we often envy each other, even having a handsome boy friend will get envy and even sisters envy each other, they even fight for loving same boy.
    so India China sister sister.
     
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    How true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    No he was kidnapped to be precise.
     
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