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China Tells India To Stay Off Its Indian Ocean 'Colony,' Sri Lanka

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  1. Rain Man

    Rain Man 2nd Lieutant POLITICAL ANALYST

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    China Tells India To Stay Off Its Indian Ocean 'Colony,' Sri Lanka
    Feb 11, 2017 @ 03:28 PM

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    Panos Mourdoukoutas , Contributor
    I cover global markets, business and investment strategy
    Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

    • telling India to stay off its own colony, Sri Lanka.

      That’s something investors in Southeast Asian markets should keep a wary eye on, as it opens yet another front between the two Asian giants, raising the geopolitical risk of investing in the region.

      Markets, for the time being, seem to be ignoring these risks.

      China’s And India’s Equities

      Index/Fund

      12-month Performance

      5-year Performance

      iShares India (INDY)

      27.95%

      16.56%

      IShares China (FXI)

      30.75

      -5.59

      Source: Finance.yahoo.com 2/10/17

      Sri Lanka’s colonization began back in 2007, when China supplied President Rajapaksaboth military and diplomatic support to crush the Tamil Tigers. Then came high profile construction projects and high interest loans that eventually were swapped for equity, transforming China into an owner of Sri Lanka’s major port— and a key outpost in the Indian Ocean for Beijing.

      That’s bad news for India, which is becoming encircled by China.

      “China’s growing involvement in sensitive ports so close to India’s shores fed New Delhi’s long-standing concerns about Chinese encirclement,” writes Jeff M. Smith in Foreign Affairs.

      For its part, China has repeatedly asserted that it doesn’t plan to use the port for military purposes, this assertion coming as recently as last week.

      But history proves otherwise. In the past three years, Chinese submarines have begun suddenly and repeatedly showing up in the Chinese-operated South Container Terminal in the port of Colombo.

      And that’s in spite of India’s high profile protests.

      “For India, the sudden appearance of a Chinese submarine in Sri Lanka was too much to bear,” continues Smith.“Seventy percent of Colombo’s transshipment traffic comes from India, and New Delhi has long been concerned over China’s efforts to expand its presence in the island nation.”

      When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Rajapaksa a few weeks later, he reminded him that Colombo ‘was obliged to inform its neighbors about such port calls under a maritime pact.’ But the same submarine surfaced again in November 2014, catching New Delhi by surprise once more.

      Apparently, what China says it plans to do with its colony and what it actually intends to do are two different things. And India must either devise a plan to contain China or be prepared to put up with it.
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    AbRaj Captain FULL MEMBER

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    They have every right to assert their demand on their subordinates
     
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    For those still afraid to take on China or China apologists/pacifists/appeasers, watch this and weep; Chinese neo-imperialism, soon coming to countries near you.
     
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    Watch this video
    The Chinese analyst is blaming India for inciting the protest.
     
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  5. INDIAN NATIONALIST

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    Purchase the land surrounding the port, construct a chain of artificial islands bridging nearest Indian waters on both side of the port's access route, claim everything surrounding the port as Indian territory, militarize the territory, and then restrict movement of Chinese in and out of the port. They can "own" the port without being able to move vessels in and out . The Chinese do it in the South China Sea, India can call them out on hypocrisy if they consequently protest.
     
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    Can India confront China in Sri Lanka? The answer is simply a big NO.

    1) US Supports China's foray into IOR as part of their G2 alliance

    2) East Africa, South Africa, GCC/West Asia, South Asia and SouthEast Asian nations would all be happy to see Chinese and/or US presence than Indian presence in Sri Lanka

    3) Last and most importantly Sri Lanka would prefer Chinese and/or US presence than Indian presence in Sri Lanka

    The only option that India has is to keep building the defense in south India and be prepared for 3 - front war (from China, Pakistan and Sri Lanka).
     
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    Why can't Indians build their relationship with Sri Lanka? China might be bigger but India is closer geographically, and shares more common ethnic and cultural background. If India is determined can't Indians develop a strategy to leverage these competitive advantages toward warming our relations?
     
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    The amount of hatred that Sri Lankans have for Indians is greater than what normal Pakistanis have for India.

    That says it all.
     
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    Hatred due to what? LTTE?

    India should offer Sri Lank to join the India union.
     
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    It is not apparent to me that India cannot work to change this.
     
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    It will happen in next 2-3 decades once India is more powerful economically,I am sure of it.
     
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    No. It began much before.

    India's desire has always been to have good relations with Sri Lanka and wanted Sri Lanka not to allow any foreign powers on its soil which would compromise India's security.

    But Sri Lanka always played Major powers against India as they could curry favors in return.

    Sri Lanka initially tried to provide a base for US during the cold war days.

    Even though as part of Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord both countries agreed that they would not provide a military base to 3rd country without the consent of the other, Sri Lanka has started to undermine that agreement by inviting the Chinese.

    When India expressed concerned about Chinese foray into Hambantota , they retorted by offering Trincomalee to India.

    This must be the biggest joke. Why would India need a port in Sri Lanka when India has many of its own ports to protect IOR.

    India's main concern has been always been to keep major military powers out of Sri Lanka and keep it neutral/non-aligned but Sri Lanka has no plans to remain neutral and would keep inviting powers who would compromise India's security.
     
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    You need two hands to clap.
     
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    I will not hold my breath.

    India cannot control what Sri Lanka would do but India can control what it could do.

    Rather than living in a delusional world where Sri Lanka would ally with India, it is prudent for India to prepare for the three front war.

    India needs to upgrade its forces in Tamilnadu on a priority.
     
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    Honestly...what world are you living in?
     
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