COLOMBO, Dec 10 (CCT)–
A leading Sri Lankan expert and political analyst has released a book on China’s One
Belt One Road and the geopolitical challenges.
The book titled “Sri Lanka at Crossroads: Geopolitical Challenges and National
Interest” by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera was published at the dawn of new year by
The book has been described as a masterpiece by many scholars including former
National Security Advisor of India Shiv Shankar Menon and geopolitical analyst Parag
The book highlights the rise of China in this century and the global power balance it
has pivoted to Asia.
The essays discuss China-Sri Lanka relations and importance of OBOR and place Sri Lanka as a “Super connector” by the author.
He pulls out the past geopolitical thinkers from Mackinder, Spykman and speaks of the importance of Sri Lanka’s geographical position sitting at the center of Sea lines of
communications of East West in the Indian Ocean.
Two Professors from India and US highlighted the importance of the book.
Prof.Swaran Singh Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) says “the
book could not have come at better times than the now”.
According to Prof .Eugene de Silva a US Professor at VRI “reading this book will make you better informed to understand not only current crises, but also the available paths
to the solutions”.
US Professor further says Asanga’s analysis correctly recognizes the current shift of
power balance from the West to the East with the US taking a back-seat from the world affairs, due to the new “Make America Great Again” policy that
mainly focuses on domestic growth and insists on changes in world politics to match
the US domestic policies.
By noting this, Asanga highlights the opportunity that has presented itself for Sri Lanka. As Sri Lanka is reaching 71 years of independence, this book lays out how equidistant
relationships with the US, India, and China would benefit the country.
For example, the work explores how the rise of Chinese influence that has been slowly, but steadily growing over the past decade or so and which has now intensified with the new One Belt One Road (OBOR) project can actually be described as Sri Lanka’s opportunity as stated in the book as “Super Connector” in the Maritime Silk Road (MSR).