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Sri Lanka, China and India - a tangled tale

New governments in Colombo and New Delhi give an opportunity for the three countries to reset the power equation.

During his second term, Mr Rajapaksa became dependent on China after India refused his requests because of domestic politics and the west was wary of helping a regime suspected of war crimes.

NOWHERE in South Asia has democracy been so unpredictable as in Sri Lanka. Only about six weeks before the election in January 2015, incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared unbeatable, even invincible. President since 2005, he had ended a festering and bloody civil war of 26 years with...

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