Frankfurt, Hamburg and now Berlin - Sri Lanka's Minister for Foreign Trade is on a promotional tour. German companies have so far invested around one billion dollars in Sri Lanka. Compared to China’s investment since 2005, that figure is modest.
President Maithripala Sirisena disbanded the Sri Lankan parliament after failing to get votes for a new prime minister. China and India are keenly interested in the power struggle.
Through a series of major investment funds and development aid projects, Australia and China are trying to outbid each other to create networks of power and influence in poorer Pacific nations.
At the ASEAN Summit in Singapore, Beijing tried to strengthen ties with Southeast Asian states. DW’s Frank Sieren says that could have far-reaching consequences for Europe’s role in global politics.
China's premier has hailed progress on an agreement that would "ensure peace and stability" in the strategic sea. Beijing has continued to fill a void as US influence in the region wanes under Donald Trump.
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