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Sri Lanka polls result critical to top investor China

Rajapaksa's top opponent likely to pursue more balanced foreign policy, putting China's Indian Ocean influence at risk

Mr Rajapaksa has cut fuel and electricity prices, raised pensions, and lifted guaranteed crop prices for farmers to boost his popularity.

New Delhi

OF all the world leaders watching the outcome of Sri Lanka's presidential elections on Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping has the most at stake.

China has poured money into the island nation off India's southern coastline over the past decade to become its largest