Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Nations compete to gain Sri Lanka's favor

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 1 (UPI) -- China, India and Pakistan are competing to win the favor of Sri Lanka and gain better access to the Indian Ocean, The Times of London reported Monday.

In a commentary, the newspaper, without naming sources, said it is well-known that China supplied arms to Sri Lanka in its war against Tamil rebels in a deal to build a major port at Hambantota. But, it said, less well-known is that India was first approached over the Hambantota deal but turned Colombo down. Full text