ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Colombo-Centric New Silk Road

Since the end of the 25-year-old Eelam civil war, Sri Lanka has entered into another increasingly treacherous conflict - an as-yet subtle but emerging one between the United States and China to secure the fl ow of Persian Gulf energy resources and free trade in the Indian Ocean. The 21st century forces of global realities are not purely geopolitics but surely geoeconomics. When Sri Lanka drifted towards Beijing as China's "string of pearls" naval strategy gained momentum, challenges to American hegemony in south Asia escalated as if Washington and Beijing were in direct competition with each other under the shadow of New Delhi. The new American "re-charting" strategy tries to prevent further deterioration of US security interests in the island and to secure the balance of power in south Asia.
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