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Shashi Tharoor flags India's concerns over Chinese presence in Sri Lanka

Speaking at the launch of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's political biography, authored by Dinesh Weerakody, in Colombo on Tuesday, Mr. Tharoor referring to the Chinese admiral Zheng He's explorations in 15th century, said they were not just initiatives to promote trade, but also "direct military intervention under the pretext of ushering in a harmonious world order under China's emperor." Some in India wondered whether China's interest in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) undermines India's own historical links and cultural networks built over generations and centuries, said the former Minister of State for External Affairs, echoing South Block's apparent preoccupation with Beijing's growing presence in the region. ...........Members Log in or Subscribe to Read more------------

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