Indian intelligence agencies have raised concerns over the growing Chinese presence in Sri Lanka.
According to The Hindu newspaper Indian intelligence agencies have also noted concerns over attempts by some in the Tamil Diaspora to seek China’s support after India failed to protect Tamil interests in Sri Lanka.
Indian intelligence agencies have said that at a meeting held in London recently the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora felt that India had not taken serious efforts to safeguard the interests of the Sri Lankan Tamils and even lost its influence over the island nation. The conclave was convinced that the fate of the Sri Lankan Tamils would be in jeopardy if the Chinese established their presence in northern Sri Lanka.
“Noting that “inaction” on the part of the Government of India had paved the way for China to gain prominence in Sri Lanka, the conclave decided to take all out efforts to establish contact with the Chinese Government to create a political and economic base for Sri Lankan Tamils,” The Hindu quoted Indian intelligence agencies as saying.
The Tamil Diaspora assume that the Chinese will welcome such initiatives as it would assist them in Northern Sri Lanka to have a hassle-free presence, besides facilitate them in their stance against India.
The Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora is believed to be deploying its global resources to tap Chinese intellectuals to gain a groundswell of opinion favouring their efforts. (Colombo Gazette)