Why Sri Lanka's Election Matters For China

January 7, 2015 10:15 AM

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Why Sri Lanka's Election Matters For China

Of all the world leaders watching the outcome of Sri Lanka’s presidential elections tomorrow, Chinese President Xi Jinping has the most at stake.

China has poured money into the island nation off India’s southern coastline over the past decade to become its largest investor, top government lender and second-biggest trading partner. Chinese submarines docked twice in Colombo last year, triggering protests from India.

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