China’s Xi to promote ‘maritime silk road’

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COLOMBO: President Xi Jinping was on Tuesday due in Sri Lanka where he will launch construction of a Chinese-backed $1.4 billion port city as he promotes his vision of a “maritime silk road” in the face of growing competition from Japan and India. China is increasingly asserting its influence in the Indian Ocean, with Sri Lanka a midway point on one of the world’s busiest international shipping lanes.

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