US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, recently concluded her visit to Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka. Her trip coincided with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s meetings in South Korea. Nuland, known for her pursuit of Washington’s geopolitical interests, made headlines for her role in the 2014 Ukrainian coup. Let’s delve deeper into her visit to Sri Lanka and its implications.
Aggressive Pursuit of Interests
During her time in Sri Lanka, Nuland met with President Ranil Wickremesinghe and expressed Washington’s support for the government’s efforts to stabilize the economy, protect human rights, and promote reconciliation. However, many critics argue that Nuland’s call for a prosperous future for all Sri Lankans is hypocritical. The country is facing an economic and political crisis that was further intensified by the US-NATO war against Russia in Ukraine.
Nuland also used her visit to criticize China. She urged China to join the rest of the international community in meeting the IMF standards regarding debt restructuring. However, China has already expressed its support for Sri Lanka’s debt sustainability. In response, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called on the US to show sincerity and actively help Sri Lanka overcome its difficulties instead of pointing fingers at China’s cooperation with the country.
Nuland’s visit to Sri Lanka signifies the growing importance that Washington places on the strategically located Indian Ocean nation. With the intensifying conflict between the US and China, Sri Lanka finds itself caught in the middle. As the US seeks to enlist Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Maldives in its military-strategic offensive against China, Sri Lanka becomes a crucial piece in the larger puzzle.
Victoria Nuland’s visit to Sri Lanka sheds light on the complex web of geopolitical interests in the region. While the US aims to promote its own agenda, Sri Lanka finds itself navigating between competing powers. As Sri Lanka strives to stabilize its economy and promote reconciliation, it must carefully consider the implications of aligning with any particular global power. Only by doing so can it secure an inclusive, prosperous, and secure future for all Sri Lankans.
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