launches several key projects in the North
India has no
worries about rival China’s expanding ties with Sri
Lanka, India’s Foreign Minister S M Krishna said.
Krishna, who met President Mahinda Rajapaksa on
Friday, said Colombo’s ties with Beijing and other
capitals would not impact “historic relations”
between the two South Asian neighbours.
Asked if New Delhi was concerned about increased
Chinese interest in its southern neighbour, Krishna
said it was up to Sri Lanka to decide on its
“The relationship between India and Sri Lanka
need not be at the cost of other countries. Sri
Lanka’s relationships with other countries depends
upon Sri Lanka itself and we respect that,” he said.
“Our ultimate objective is to see a prosperous,
stable Sri Lanka at peace with itself,” said
Krishna, who was on a four-day official visit to Sri
The Indian minister’s comments came just over a week
after a 1.5-billion-dollar Chinese-funded port was
commissioned in Hambantota.
Analysts have said New Delhi is concerned that
Hambantota is part of a Chinese policy to throw a
geographical circle of influence around India.
India said earlier in the year that China was
displaying “more than normal interest” in the Indian
China is also developing port facilities in
Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan, and has plans for
rail projects in Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Krishna also urged Sri Lanka to share power with
Tamils as the island emerges from decades of ethnic
bloodshed following the crushing of the LTTE last
Krishna said Colombo had a “historic opportunity” to
address the underlying political causes of the Tamil
“The cessation of hostilities in May last year
provides a historic opportunity to address all
outstanding issues of resettlement and a political
settlement in a spirit of mutual accommodation,” he
Krishna arrived in Sri Lanka late on Thursday on a
mission to deepen ties with Sri Lanka. He travelled
to Jaffna yesterday to open an Indian consulate
before returning home today. (AFP)