Bal­anc­ing Act

Southasia - - ON RECORD - Ajan­tha Ku­mar Jaffna, Sri Lanka

John Kerry’s visit to Sri Lanka marked an im­por­tant turn­ing point for the coun­try as it helped open doors to pos­i­tive bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Amer­ica and Sri Lanka. John Kerry is the first U.S Sec­re­tary of State to visit Sri Lanka in over a decade, which says a lot about the in­cli­na­tion of the US to­wards in­creas­ing its strong­hold in the re­gion.

Although the au­thor of the ar­ti­cle, ‘De­sires and Chal­lenges,” has high­lighted Amer­ica’s vested in­ter­ests, rang­ing from es­tab­lish­ing a strong foothold in South Asia to min­i­miz­ing China’s in­flu­ence to even look­ing for bas­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for U.S Air Force oper­a­tions in the re­gion, as the rea­son be­hind its sud­den in­ter­est in Sri Lanka, it still does not un­der­mine the ex­treme ben­e­fit Sri Lanka stands to gain from bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with the su­per­power as it is al­ready look­ing to build a stronger econ­omy as well as ef­fec­tively counter hu­man rights vi­o­la­tors.

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