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Text of commentary by Arush headlined "Is India-China domination in United Lanka possible?" published by Sri Lankan newspaper Virakesari on 2 Aug
A former Indian diplomat M. Bharthkumar in a recent article said that India began improving relations with the United States in an effort to thwart the Chinese strategy in the region.
The reciprocal interest displayed by the United States in cozying up to India had the same motive. However, India has not been able to make the best use of this opportunity as the Chinese have set up strong economic ties in Sri Lanka that is detrimental to India-United States interests and has made it difficult for both countries to attain their objective.
Sri Lanka is strategically located in the South Asian region and it has been blessed with a harbor with natural protection in Trincomalee. This has made the global powers eye the country.
The significance of the Trincomalee Harbor rose consequent to the fall of the British Naval base in Singapore to Japan.
The significance of the Trincomalee Harbor was …