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Sri Lanka and the rest of the world: Beyond the rainbow revolution | The Economist

Sri Lanka and the rest of the world: Beyond the rainbow revolution | The Economist: A SMALL island-country of 20m people, what significance does Sri Lanka have in international affairs? Oddly, quite a bit. As a democracy with a long history of decent social indicators, which began to liberalise its economy in the 1970s, Sri Lanka had long been touted—at least by the West—as a model for the rest of Asia. Then its long civil war, which only ended in 2009, drew scrutiny from distant powers, notably from North America and Europe, which are home to large Tamil diaspora. Tamil fighters made early use of suicide bombers, a grisly method later associated with Islamist extremists in other conflict zones. Last, under the increasingly autocratic nine-year rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka aligned itself with China. As diplomatic, economic and military ties with the rising Asian power got stronger, India grew ever more concerned that China intended to use its neighbour as a proxy.
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