Island nation in Indian Ocean now a big draw for US, China - News

STARS AND STRIPES | on Mon, Mar 20, 2:15 PM

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka — The answer to why a state-of-the-art port exists in a remote part of one of Asia’s smallest nations lies a short distance out in the Indian Ocean. A critical sea lane is the reason China built the little-used Hambantota port in the first place, and why — besides a long-­standing regional humanitarian mission — the U.S. military was keen to visit for nearly two weeks this month. More than half of the world’s container ships, one-third of bulk cargo traffic and two-third...

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