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Chinese defense minister visits Sri Lanka, meets with president

Chinese defense minister visits Sri Lanka, meets with president

The editorial harps on its long-standing argument that India needs to be a part of the China-led development that can only indicate the One Belt One Road project.

The paper also claimed India was "intensifying its communication with the Dalai Lama, to display its strength and leverage in order to put pressure on or counterbalance Beijing".

The editorial said that India was confused about its policies towards China since India invited Dalai Lama to an worldwide Buddhist seminar in Bihar.

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The President made this statement when the visiting Minister of Defence and State Councillor of the People's Republic of China General Chang Wanquan called on the President on Monday afternoon, at the official residence of the President.

The top Chinese official's visit, according to analysts, holds importance in view of Sri Lanka's proposal to tie up with China in the southern port of Hambantota, in addition to the ongoing work in the Colombo port city project, which is a major Chinese investment project.

India, which has a festering border dispute with China, has looked at the latter's strategic ambitions in South Asia and in the Indian Ocean with some nervousness. "Its uneasiness toward Beijing's growing influence in the region is obvious", the Communist Party's mouth-piece, which is often known to strike a nationalistic tone, said.

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"For instance, New Delhi is one of the crucial reasons why China and Bhutan, which is controlled by India economically and diplomatically, have not yet established diplomatic relations", the editorial said.

It also lashed out at Delhi's foreign policy in South Asia in relation to China, saying it was because India that Beijing has not developed a diplomatic relationship with Bhutan.

After Sri Lanka, Chang will be travelling to Nepal, which serves as a natural buffer between China and India, challenging India's long-held position as the dominant outside power in the landlocked nation.

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The author instead suggested that India should stop being extremely sensitive toward China's movements in the region. China has been vying to increase its influence there too.


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