Contain China

NEW DELHI/COLOMBO/BERLIN | | chinaindiensri-lanka

NEW DELHI/COLOMBO/BERLIN (Own report) - Today, Tuesday, German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen will begin several days of talks in New Delhi on questions of military and arms policies. India's new armament projects are the immediate reason for von der Leyen's visit. India wants, among other things, to construct German submarines under license, and Berlin is seeking a more intensified cooperation in foreign and military policy. This visit will prepare numerous agreements, within the framework of the German-Indian government consultations, scheduled for October. It takes place in the context of India's efforts to roll back China's influence in the Indian Ocean - an effort Berlin supports. Sri Lanka is a current point of contention of this power struggle. Over the past few years, this strategically important island nation has begun to ally itself closely with Beijing. To avoid a too strong dependency on China, the new Sri Lankan government - in office since January - is seeking to reduce its ties to China and strengthen relations to the West. Last week, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's Minister of Foreign Affairs, welcomed his Sri Lankan counterpart in Berlin, to reinforce Germany's position in Sri Lanka - in light of the power struggle with Beijing. more…

BERLIN/COLOMBO/JAFFNA | | sri-lanka

BERLIN/COLOMBO/JAFFNA The government of Sri Lanka should negotiate with the separatists in rebellion and include the armed rebels in the distribution of relief funds. This was demanded by Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German minister for development aid, during a visit by delegates of the south Asian separatist front ( ,,Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam"/LTTE) to Berlin. The separatists maintain their own army and are seeking to split the territory of Sri Lanka. Reasons for this German demand, directed against the policy of the central government in Colombo, are disagreements over relief efforts destined for the tsunami victims in this heavily devastated island state. Whereas several countries (among them the USA and Great Britain) classify the LTTE secessionist army to be a ,,terrorist organization", the federal government of Germany is instrumentalizing western emergency aid to upgrade the standing of a very controversial organization and its close associations in Sri Lanka. Considering the extent of the promised aid, political advisers in Berlin demand that ,,Germany and Europe"have a greater influence over the ,,Southern and Southeast Asian dynamics of forces". more…