Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says Sri Lanka will never pose a threat to India, and that it has nothing to gain by helping any other country to become a threat to India.
In an interview to Rediff.com the former President said that Sri Lanka has always had close relations with China from the early 1950s onwards and that India’s concern about Sri Lanka’s relations with China is a new phenomenon which has come about in the past few years in the context of the rivalry between India and China as the world’s rising superpowers in Asia.
“We need to maintain good relations with both India and China. Sri Lanka will never pose a threat to India, and we have nothing to gain by helping any other country to become a threat to India,” he said.
Rajapaksa said that his Government was too absorbed with domestic issues such as the war against terrorism and development to play a role in international affairs.
In the future, Rajapaksa says, he hopes to do what he can to be a bridge between India and China, two rising superpowers. (Colombo Gazette)