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Under the Radar: Are Sri Lanka’s ports the next Great Game for China, India and Japan?
Under the Radar: Are Sri Lanka’s ports the next Great Game for China, India and Japan?

Increased international interest in the Indian Ocean comes at a convenient time for Sri Lanka, as the country continues to recoup after the end of its decades-long civil war which ended in 2009. The island nation is being courted (and courting in turn) by various major powers, each seeking a stake in developing Sri Lanka’s strategic location midway between the…

GRI - Apr 19 13:54 GMT - more ... [ Tags: India, Japan, China ]

Japan, Sri Lanka exploring port infrastructure deals to counter reliance on China

Japan plans to dispatch a team to Sri Lanka in the coming months to inquire about the potential for infrastructure investment in the key port of Trincomalee, a government source said. The move is aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation through infrastructure and helping Sri Lanka achieve its goal of reducing its dependence on Chinese assistance, the source…

Japan Times - Aug 26 13:53 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SriLanka, Japan, China ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Japan reinforces maritime security ties with Sri Lanka to counter China

    Japan reinforces maritime security ties with Sri Lanka to counter China

    Sri Lanka’s strategic location is making it a hot spot and powerful countries such as Japan are boosting their ties with the island nation in a bid to enhance maritime security in the region. Also, China’s maritime initiatives in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have sparked concern among countries such as Japan and India. While Japan is showing more interest in enhancing…

    Asia Times - Aug 01 09:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Economy, Japan ]

  • Japan Lends $400 Million To Sri Lanka For Airport Expansion

    Japan Lends $400 Million To Sri Lanka For Airport Expansion

    Japan has loaned $400 million to Sri Lanka to build a new terminal at the island's main international airport which suffers congestion from growing tourism, it was announced today. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said the second terminal would more than double capacity to 15 million passengers annually. The terminal, to be opened in 2020, would…

    AFP - Mar 29 13:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, Japan ]

  • Gang-rape prompts protests in Sri Lanka's north

    Gang-rape prompts protests in Sri Lanka\'s north

    More than 100 people have been arrested during protests against the gang-rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl, in the biggest public demonstration recorded in Sri Lanka's north. Police fired tear gas and shops, banks and schools were closed on Wednesday as the protests brought Jaffna, the capital of Northern Province, to a standstill. The protesters…

    Al Jazeera - May 21 02:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Japan ]

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  • Japan, India and US Must Unite to Counter China and Promote Asian Peace

    After defining the parameters of India’s strategic approach in the immediate and extended neighbourhood in South and South East Asia, the new government seems to have finally worked out primary elements of its strategy vis-à-vis China.As a recent assessment by the US intelligence community predicted, China stands to more profoundly affect global geopolitics than…

    NIE - Oct 07 16:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, World, Japan ]

  • Japanese PM pressures Sri Lanka to weaken ties with China

    Japan, however, is manoeuvring for closer ties with Colombo to pursue its own strategic interests, not out of any sympathy for the Rajapakse government. For public relations purposes, Abe said he “appreciated” Sri Lanka’s “reconciliation” process—which has consisted of whitewashing the killing of tens of thousands of Tamils—and the government’s…

    WSWS - Sep 17 12:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Japan, China ]

  • MHI gets order to build Sri Lanka's first highway management system

    The Sri Lankan government has contracted with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) to build the country’s first-ever highway traffic management system. The system will also be MHI's first installation of its full-scale traffic management system for expressways. The HTMS will be installed on Sri Lanka's Southern Expressway between Colombo, the capital, and…

    Asahi Shimbun - Dec 19 10:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Japan ]

  • Multinational relocates partly to Sri Lanka from China

    A top Japanese conglomerate is relocating part of its selected foam operations to Sri Lanka from China and began operations this week, a statement from the Industry and Commerce Ministry said in Colombo Friday."Japanese giant INOAC's new venture with a 20-million-US- dollar investment is one of the biggest industry foreign direct investments to come from Japan to Sri…

    Xinhua - Dec 13 10:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Economy, Japan ]

  • Japan Builds Sri Lanka Ties With Aso Visit as China Clout Grows

    Japan and Sri Lanka will hold their second high-level talks in less than two months as the East Asian nation seeks to safeguard ties and counter China’s growing influence on an island lying on key maritime routes.Rajapaksa has lured investment from China, Japan and India as he capitalizes on the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war to build a trade gateway to…

    Bloomberg - May 02 10:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Japan, China ]

  • China Tests Japanese and U.S. Patience

    The Chinese government officially downplays these capabilities and any talk of a potentially aggressive nature of the Chinese military. But Beijing does little to dissuade such speculation, allowing a steady stream of images and commentaries in the Chinese popular media and the strategic leaking of imagery in China's social media. Beijing likes to appear fierce while…

    Stratfor Weekly - Feb 26 14:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Japan, China ]

  • Japan earthquake sparks tsunami scare

    Japan earthquake sparks tsunami scare

    A 7.3 magnitude quake has struck off Japan's eastern coast, triggering a small tsunami and sparking evacuations. A one-metre wave hit Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture and many people heeded calls to move to higher ground before all alerts were later lifted. The quake epicentre was about 245km (150 miles) south-east of Kamiashi at a depth of about 36km, the US…

    BBC - Dec 07 13:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, Japan ]

  • Akashi due here tomorrow

    Representative of the Government of Japan for Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi will arrive in the island tomorrow. His visit concerns the recent developments in the country with regards to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report and the release of the National Action Plan on Human Rights, according to the…

    Daily Mirror - Aug 20 16:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Japan, WarCrimes ]

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      - Sri Lanka receive Japanese grant to revive livelihoods in Vavuniya - LBO
  • Fisheries row: India not ready for joint patrolling

    India has disagreed to Sri Lanka’s proposal for joint patrolling of the International Maritime Boundary (IMB) that separates the two countries as a stringent measure to avoid poaching by fishermen in each other’s territorial waters. This was one of the proposals made during the recent talks of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Fisheries. India refused to conform…

    Sunday Times - Jan 22 12:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Japan ]

  • Japan urges Sri Lanka to probe war crimes

    Japan urges Sri Lanka to probe war crimes

    Japan said it wanted "genuine reconciliation" in Sri Lanka after troops crushed Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009 and declared an end to nearly four-decades of ethnic strife that claimed up to 100,000 lives. "I emphasised the vital need to improve the human rights situation in this country," Akashi told...

    AAP - Nov 30 13:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Japan, WarCrimes ]

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      - Japan urges Sri Lanka to probe war crimes - AFP
      - Japan wants Sri Lanka to publicize its war report - AP
  • High demand for teachers in former conflict zone

    As thousands of students begin uninterrupted schooling after a lapse of years, education officials in Sri Lanka's former northern conflict zone are facing a shortage of teachers. John Edward Solemn, assistant education director of Vavuniya South, an educational division, said the lack of teachers, especially in rural schools and in the subjects of English, mathematics…

    IRIN - Aug 16 10:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Japan ]

  • Sri Lanka Jaffna hospital upgraded by Japan

    Sri Lanka's Jaffna hospital, the main state health facility in the former war torn northern peninsular is being upgraded with a 2.9 billion rupee grant in a three year project which began Thursday, the Japan International Co-operation Agency said. A central facility to house surgeries, intensive care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing and central supply and…

    LBO - Jan 20 10:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, History, Japan ]

  • Japan backs UN war crimes probe into Sri Lanka war

    Japan backs UN war crimes probe into Sri Lanka war

    A visiting Japanese envoy Yasushi Akashi said Sunday his country backed efforts by the United Nations to investigate alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final months of its ethnic conflict. He detected a "lack of flexibility and openness" in the government's attempts to promote reconciliation on the island. He said Ban's upcoming panel "would be…

    AFP - Jun 20 11:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Japan, Genocide ]

  • Sri Lanka gets US$250mn in loans from Japan for power, roads

    Sri Lanka will get 22.5 billion yen in loans (250 million US dollars) from Japan for hydro power, water supply and provincial road development in former war torn areas in the east, a government minister said. The Japan International Co-operation (JICA) will loan 5,522 million yen (50 million US dollars) for the second stage of a hydro power complex in Upper Kotmale in…

    LBO - Mar 11 02:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Japan ]

  • Speaker Hits Out At Foreign Missions

    Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara observed, yesterday, that Parliament should rise against foreign diplomatic missions based in the country harassing MPs and citizens when processing visa applications. The Speaker said that Parliament had the right to appear for the rights of people and the MPs in that regard. “There is serious harassment in the form of fingerprinting.…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 11 20:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Japan, UK ]

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      - Sri Lankan envoy to Japan recalled - Daily Mirror
  • Japan urges Sri Lanka to engage international community

    Japan on Thursday urged Sri Lanka to develop closer ties with the international community as Colombo tries to rebuild the war-battered north of the island after decades of bloody ethnic conflict. Yasushi Akashi, a peace envoy for Tokyo, Sri Lanka's largest aid donor, said the government in Colombo needed to engage in a "continuous dialogue with the international…

    AFP - Jun 11 17:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Japan, IDPs ]

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