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International relations

China unresponsive over FTA talks with Sri Lanka

Beijing possibly hoping for a return to power of the Rajapaksa clan

COLOMBO -- The Sri Lankan government is exasperated by China's slowness to conclude a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) after Colombo sent Beijing a formal request to resume talks over three months ago. 

Some observers believe Beijing has turned a cold shoulder after the present coalition government balked at incurring any further debt. The previous government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa formed close ties with China through major infrastructure projects that some contend have created a "Chinese debt trap."

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