What’s at Stake in Sri Lanka’s Government Shake-up

Both Beijing and New Delhi have been trying to curry favor with Colombo for years.

Phillip Orchard |October 31, 2018

Nearly four years ago, Sri Lankan strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa didn’t see his defeat coming. Armed with ample Chinese security assistance, Rajapaksa had decisively crushed the Tamil Tigers in 2009, putting an end to the island nation’s 26-year-long civil war and amassing untold popularity and power among the majority Sinhalese population in the process. Amid the subsequent international isolation that resulted from war crimes allegations, the president aggressively courted Chinese financing and infrastructure investment as a lifeline. Most famous, this included a China-built (and now Chinese-owned) deep-water port in Rajapaksa’s hometown of Hambantota – a commercially poor but strategically valuable location for an outside power keen to expand its naval influence on India’s doorstep. (Read: China.)

But in 2015, a faction from Rajapaksa’s own party, led by the relatively obscure health minister, Maithripala Sirisena, joined opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to defeat

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