Why we don’t have to be geopolitically correct on China policy

 Why we don’t have to be geopolitically correct on China policy

Politically correct does not have to mean geopolitically correct but that is how matters are being interpreted is some circles. They say it is not geopolitically correct that Sri Lanka has the kind of ties it does with China, particularly with the new Port City project now underway.

They say that our ‘China chumminess’ would jeopardize our relations with the rest of the world, and they cite the past as precedent.  Ironically, the J.R. Jayewardene Government’s cosying up to the US — ‘Yankee Dicky’ he was called — is cited as being the main factor behind the emergence of the Tigers who initially had their training in India. Even more ironically perhaps, it is even being said that when we are friends with China, it is akin to the US and the USSR backing tyrannical regimes in Latin America and Africa, etc., in the past.

Basically, the Government is being told to be geopolitically correct, lest we dominate the enemies’…

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