China's 'String of Pearls' drowns - Times of India
Saturday, 09 May 2015 - 13:58
Times of India newspaper says that the US has begun to wean Sri Lanka away from China’s maritime security net by incorporating Sri Lanka into their Indo-Pacific region maritime security program.
The US State Department said last Tuesday that United States will collaborate with Sri Lanka to act against the attempts of claiming land or maritime regions through intimidation or use of force.
In addition, the Times of India paper added that this would respond to the intimidation caused by China towards the controversial islands on the South China Sea.
The US State Department has stated that due to Sri Lanka’s strategic location, it has to serve an important task concerning the maritime security to Indo-Pacific.
Quoting a statement expressed by the US Secretary of State John Kerry, the spokesperson at the US State Department said that Sri Lanka will play a leading role regarding regional maritime security.
Meanwhile, attending a meeting with the retired Security chiefs yesterday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that the US has realized Sri Lanka’s strategic significance on regional security.
Times of India newspaper further stated that close to the Sri Lankan tour of US Secretary of State John Kerry, aircraft carrier USS Carl Wilson was anchored near Sri Lankan waters on the 19th of April.
The carrier vessel which was anchored 225 miles away from Sri Lanka was visited by the local Commander of Navy Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera.
The US State department further said that this connection has led to new security cooperation between Sri Lanka and the US.