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Competing for South Asia
Published Date: 25/05/2018 (Friday)
China’s aggressive campaign to gather partners for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a trade corridor stretching from Russia to Indonesia, has left the world awestruck. A clear move to cement its superior position in Asia, it has also caused a significant change in the alliances of the region, creating troubles for India – the other regional power. China introduced its plan for the BRI in 2013 and within a span of four years, 65 countries have agreed to be a part of this multibillion-dollar project. While some, like Pakistan have been traditional Chinese allies, in the case of others like Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Maldives, the move to partner with China has caused some disappointment in Indian diplomatic circles since it means weakening the decades of long relationships with India.
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Trump nominates Alaina Teplitz as US Ambassador to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 25/05/2018 (Friday)
US President Donald Trump has nominated Alaina B. Teplitz, of Colorado, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Maldives. Focused on laying the foundation for successful 21st century American diplomacy, Ms. Teplitz held the Assistant-Secretary ranked position of Director of the Under Secretary for
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Fonseka ready to pay Gotabhaya’s deposits
Published Date: 25/05/2018 (Friday)
Minister of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development Sarath Fonseka says he is ready to pay the Presidential election candidate deposits if Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is contesting for the upcoming presidential election. The minister made this statement in response to a question raised by journalists in Gampaha today (25th). “Not only members of the UNP but also ministers in the government were terrified of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa because of the white van abductions, assaults and looting public property.” Fonseka said.
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