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China's expansionist playbook: A case study

A collection of essays brings out the various challenging facets of Sri Lankan politics and its foreign policy, constantly attempting to balance the pulls and pressures of its geopolitical environment

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Teardrop Diplomacy: China’s Sri Lanka Foray

Shyam Saran
Teardrop Diplomacy: China’s Sri Lanka Foray 
Author: Asanga Abeyagoonasekera 
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 312
Price: Rs 699

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera’s book Teardrop Diplomacy explains how China acquired, within the space of a few years, overweening influence in Sri Lanka. It is a compilation of essays and articles he has written, “from the rise of the Rajapaksha regime in 2019 to the political-economic crisis in 2022”. These pieces, grouped in five sections, cover the steady expansion of China’s political and economic engagement in Sri Lanka, the impact of a more competitive geopolitical environment on the country, the triangular India-US-China dynamic, the drivers of Sri Lanka’s foreign policy, its

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First Published: Mar 20 2023 | 10:21 PM IST

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