Sri Lanka's foreign policy under close watch in India; new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa to visit India on Nov 29

Sri Lanka's president-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa (right) with chief justice Jayantha Jayasuriya during his swearing-in ceremony in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, on Nov 18, 2019.
Sri Lanka's president-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa (right) with chief justice Jayantha Jayasuriya during his swearing-in ceremony in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, on Nov 18, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NEW DELHI - Sri Lanka's new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he would be "equidistant" with all countries and "remain neutral in the power struggles amongst nations".

Yet as Mr Rajapaksa takes over the reins of a country that is strategically located in the Indian Ocean and firmly wooed by China, there is some trepidation in India over whether Chinese influence will increase.

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