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Lessons in strategy from a Sri Lankan port

Hambantota port deal with China addresses issues of commercial viability and military security, offering a template for states keen on Belt and Road projects.

Workers at the Chinese-funded Hambantota. The Chinese partner will focus on commercial operations, while Sri Lanka is in charge of security and other port services.

SRI Lanka's Hambantota port has been in the news for several years as a location that arguably underpins Chinese efforts to extend geostrategic influence in the Indian Ocean region. The development of the Chinese funded port has created considerable concerns in Indian strategic circles over its...

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