Sri Lanka joins Indian Ocean strategy talks at Vietnam forum

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is participating in conference to develop regional co-operation in the Indian Ocean held in Vietnam, a country that has suffered from China's controversial restrictions on resources, free navigation and fishing in... More

US and Japan eye eastern Sri Lankan port of Trincomalee

The United States and Japan have both cast their eyes on the Eastern Sri Lankan port of Trincomalee to counterbalance the presence of the Chinese in Hambantota in the South and Colombo in the West and its... More

USS Anchorage pulls into Sri Lanka on Western Pacific deployment

US Navy’s amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) arrived in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, on August 24 as part of her Western Pacific deployment. The ship got underway from San Diego early July to operate as part of... More

US, Japan wooing Sri Lanka to contain China’s rise in Into-Pacific

Sri Lanka has found itself amidst a clash of regional interests between China, the United States and Japan, Da Zhigang, director of the Institute of Northeast Asia under the Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences, told Sputnik... More

China aims to build houses, roads in Sri Lanka north to extend...

China wants to build houses and roads in Sri Lanka’s north, much of which is in a state of disrepair nearly a decade after the end of civil war, Chinese and Sri Lankan officials said, in a... More

SL President initiates history of Lankan war with LTTE but questions abound

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is to attempt a ‘comprehensive and unbiased’ history of Sri Lanka’s 30-year war against the Tamil Tiger militants who fought for a separate North-Eastern state “Tamil Eelam” until their annihilation by the... More

Japan, Sri Lanka agree to boost maritime security cooperation

Japan and Sri Lanka have agreed to further enhance maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The understanding was reached during a meeting between the visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.... More

Visiting Japanese defense minister tours Chinese strongholds in Lanka

Visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who arrived in the island on August 20, has made a tour of strategic ports in Sri Lanka, including a controversial port which was leased to a Chinese state-owned company, Lankan... More

Japan defence minister’s Sri Lanka visit to keep China in check

Japan’s defense minister has begun a 5-day tour of India and Sri Lanka on Sunday. He hopes to boost defense cooperation with the countries and secure freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean, where China is trying... More

Rise of Imran spurs similar demands in Sri Lanka

Sparked by Imran Khan’s ascent to the Prime Minister’s chair in Pakistan, sporting fans in Sri Lanka have been quick to pitch their own cricket stars as prospective leaders. And going by social media endorsements, Kumar Sangakkara... More

Japanese defense minister to visit Sri Lanka amid China links

Japan's defence minister Itsunori Onodera will visit Sri Lanka for the first time in history from August 20 to 22. The embassy of Japan said he will meet Sri Lanka's leaders also have talks with the State Minister... More

Iran to use SL rupee for fuel trade

Sri Lanka cabinet was told Tuesday that Iran had agreed to use the Sri Lankan rupee as the medium of exchange to carry out its fuel trade transactions with Sri Lanka because of problems in using the... More

Sri Lanka gets US military funding as China vies for influence

The United States announced Monday (Aug 13) it would grant Sri Lanka US$39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island. The State Department will provide the funds as "foreign... More

Possibilities of Presidential pardon for sentenced Buddhist monk

In delivering the sentence of 19 years rigorous imprisonment against the General Secretary of the ultra-Buddhist nationalist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) outfit, Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera on charges of Contempt of Court, the Court of Appeal in Sri... More

India, China and courting for the hand of Lanka

The ebb and flow of time has seen Lanka in the midst of two key main suitors, one – India, who got involved in the island’s ethnic conflict in the 1980s, first to train the LTTE and... More

Closer defence ties with Russia, training for Lankan troops

Russia will become the latest partner to train Sri Lankan troops and extend defence co-operation. For this purpose, the Government has reached accord with a top level visiting delegation from Moscow. This is under a Joint Russia-Sri... More

Pacific Angel 2018 kicks off in Sri Lanka

The United States and Sri Lanka will conduct humanitarian assistance engagements during Pacific Angel 2018 (PAC ANGEL), from August 13-18, 2018. PAC ANGEL is an annual joint and combined humanitarian assistance and disaster relief engagement that includes general... More

Anti Muslim Monk get 19 years RI, but lobbying afoot for Presidential...

General Secretary of the Lankan Ultra nationalist outfit, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Galagoda Athhe Gnanasara Thero, was Wednesday sentenced to 19 years of rigorous imprisonment by the Appeals Court in Sri Lanka on four Contempt of... More

Japan diplomats, defence officials, visit Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port

A delegation of senior Japanese diplomats and military officials had visited Sri Lanka's Hambantota port, which is now operated by joint venture company with China. The delegation had met key officials of Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) the... More

Chinese Naval ship arrives in Lanka on goodwill visit

A Chinese Naval ship has arrived at the port of Colombo on a four-day goodwill visit, the Sri Lankan Navy said. 'Qian Weichang', the ship of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China, was ceremonially welcomed by... More

Sri Lanka to host 2-day defence seminar in August end

Sri Lanka will host a two-day defence seminar which will focus on a wide spectrum of global and regional issues including the political changes in Pakistan, according to the Lankan Army chief. Addressing the media on the 8th... More


Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

A matter of shame

That the wolves would soon be at the door should not have surprised anybody.What is surprising is that Imran Khan’s people were not better prepared to deal with the hungry pack left out in the political cold. Despite the losers’ calling for mass rejection of the alleged July 25 election rigging, they failed to mobilise the streets. Though Fazlur Rahman vociferously fulminated that the new National Assembly (NA) would... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More