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asiatimes.com: Neocolonialism and geopolitical rivalry in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka’s historical narrative has been defined by geopolitical rivalry, external aggression and internal resistance to that aggression.

If fully implemented, the ACSA would in effect “undermine the Chinese share of geopolitical control in Sri Lanka, by way of military presence in the country.” Similarly, if Sri Lanka signs the proposed Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the US, it would allow US Army personnel to operate in any part of Sri Lanka, without any restrictions.

It is not easy for a small country like Sri Lanka to forge a foreign policy that uses its geo-strategic position to its own advantage.

We believe that Sri Lanka should follow a foreign policy of nonalignment.

This is the transformational challenge facing both Sri Lanka and the world at this decisive time.

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