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The memorial in Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte dedicated to the 1155 soldiers who were killed with the Indian Peace Keeping Force. Our small neighbours like Sri Lanka, Nepal or Bangladesh disagree with our strategic community’s perceptions regarding China. The Sri Lankans are ace practitioners of diplomacy. The sheer coincidence is breathtaking that they chose India’s Independence Day to hold the first memorial service at the IPKF memorial in Kotte for the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives between 1987 and 1990 — as well as to unveil Sri Lanka’s new China-funded port at Hambantota. Colombo poses a riddle in neighbourhood diplomacy. From all accounts of what Indian diplomacy is up to in Kathmandu, Delhi may have a long, painful learning curve ahead in its dealings with its small neighbours.
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