Asia briefs : Sri Lanka hopes for fiscal pact with India

Sri Lanka hopes for fiscal pact with India

NEW DELHI • Sri Lanka hopes to forge an economic partnership deal with India this year, an action that would reduce dependency on Chinese investment. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, visiting New Delhi, said yesterday that his general election win last month gave him a mandate for trade and investment with India.


HK leader plays down Beijing rep's comments

HONG KONG • Hong Kong leader Leung Chun Ying said yesterday some people had misunderstood controversial comments by Beijing's top representative that the chief executive was above the law.

Mr Zhang Xiaoming, head of Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, said at the weekend that Mr Leung enjoys a special legal position that puts him above the legislature and judiciary.

Mr Leung said the judiciary is independent.


Suu Kyi party pledges 'dignified' military role

NAYPYITAW• Myanmar's main opposition party, Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, has launched an election manifesto that pledges to retain a "dignified" role for the military. It aims to make the military "strategically efficient", and to include it in the executive system.


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