外文标题：US, India should try to keep Lanka away from China's sway
On Saturday, for the first time in 25 years, Sri Lanka held elections to its Northern Provincial Council, a step that could facilitate reconciliation between the country’s majority (mostly Buddhist) Sinhalese and minority (mostly Hindu) Tamil populations.
The election, if deemed free and fair, will mark the most significant step the Sri Lankan government has taken since the end of the civil war four years ago to address grievances of the Tamil community.
While there are still concerns about the government’s handling of the final days of the civil war and other steps it has taken to stifle democracy in the country, the United States. should use the elections to increase engagement with the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse and put the US–Sri Lanka relationship on more solid footing.
China has become Sri Lanka’s largest donor; has provided fighter jets, weapons, and radars to the Sri Lankan military; and made a billion-dollar investment to develop the southern port at Hambantota. Despite frustration with the Rajapakse government, there are sound reasons to remain engaged with the country, particularly to avoid it becoming overly dependent on China.
Coordinate policies closely with India, which has a 70-million-strong Tamil population of its own and a vested interest in seeing a successful reconciliation process. The Indian state of Tamil Nadu is one of the country’s most economically vibrant states, and its political leaders play an important role in national politics. The Indian government also wants to stay engaged with Sri Lanka because of the China factor.
Since the US and India broadly share similar interests in Sri Lanka, they should coordinate closely to ensure that the country preserves its democratic institutions and does not fall increasingly under the sway of the Chinese.
by Ponna Tamizh
When talking about the history, you seem to conveniently forget that India funded, trained and armed the LTTE.
India should mind their own business. Indians should build toilets for Tamil Nadu Tamils, where 80% don't have toilets. Sri Lankans can look after themselves.
by Edison John
Poona Tamizh Please watch the words you are putting on the board. These sentences are irrelevant to the title of the article!
by venu sense
If we ignore our neighbors and keep on building toilets, the chinks will slowly swallow our friends. So Please do not advice us on what to do. For your information every one in china is not rich yet they are broadening their zone of influence.
Yes there was a bad patch in our relations with Lanka, but it was not our making. One particular community was pushed to the brink and we had to do the needful.
our our relations with Lanka have significantly improved since. We know how to mend fences with lanka.
PLS ASK S0NIA TO BUILDtoilets.
YOU VOTED FORher.
SHE ruling INDIA FOR LAST TEN YEARS.
ALL 100 PERCENT BLAME IS ONher.
SO YOU TALK TO HER.
DONT ASK REST OF INNNOCENT INDIANS.
In Srilanka the majority is harrassing the minority.
In India the minority is harrassing the majority.
UPA is only busy to collect votes banks
by Nithur Molla
UPA unable to control inner traitors and criminals; how can they control outer countries like Sri Lanka, Burma or Myanmar, Vietnam, Nepal, B'desh etc.
UPA is busy for blaming opposition & to collect vote banks to make more scams and more money to stay secure in future.
Not only Sri Lanka , India could not keep good relation with Nepal , Myanmar , Bangladesh who are godd potential business destination Oil & gas supplier (Myanmar) , Also though India is geographically placed batter then China in terms of African countries , it could not take advantage of it & now China has put their foot in that continent also
Nobody disagrees with the title of this article !
by Edison John
Nobody disagrees with the title of this article. If the Chinese were allowed to have a foothold in Srilanka ( or even Maldives or Mauritius ) , then, in any future war, we will have 3 fronts to fight a war. If the Chinese were granted a base in North Srilanka, they can reach the coast of Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu in hardly 20 to 30 minutes. The whole of the coasts of TamilNadu and Kerala can be encompassed in hardly a day or less. This is the REAL THREAT ! I hope the people in New Delhi will open up a map and find out how precarious the SITUATION IS !