China-Sri Lanka ties: Chinese Foreign Minister’s Sri Lanka visit highlighted Beijing’s relentless drive in Indian Ocean region, and India’s challenge

News: Chinese foreign minister visit to five-nation countries- 3 African nations, Sri Lanka and the Maldives signifies its constant effort for influence over Indian Ocean region.

What are the highlights of the Chinese foreign minister visit to Sri Lanka?
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What does the Chinese proposal signify?

China is only a dialogue partner of the Indian Ocean Rim Association, along with Russia, the US and several European countries. China is only an observer member in Indian Ocean Navies Symposium. China already pumped so much money in the Indian Ocean region but not a full member in any of the regional groupings representing the Indian Ocean region. So, China proposed a new forum in which it can represent and influence the Indian Ocean region.

Source: This post is based on the article “Chinese Foreign Minister’s Sri Lanka visit highlighted Beijing’s relentless drive in Indian Ocean region, and India’s challenge” published in the Indian Express  on 12th January 2022.

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