Srilanka FM Tilak Marapana will visit China next week

Vastavam web: Sri Lanka s Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana will visit China next week during which the two countries are expected to firm up cooperation on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).This is the first visit by Marapana to China after he took over as Foreign Minister.
China which has invested about USD eight billion in Sri Lanka in the last few years in various projects wants Sri Lanka to play a major role in its 21st century Maritime Silk Road (MSR), which is part of the BRI.India has reservation over the MSR as it would significantly enhance China’s presence in the Indian Ocean region, regarded as the backyard of India.Sri Lanka says it will not allow its ports to be used for the Chinese military vessels.