When you’re feeling down and need a hand, turn to Beijing

If you’re a country that enjoys war crimes, rest assured either China or America will come to your aid:

China is to lend Sri Lanka about $200m (…£133m) to build a second international airport in the south of the island.

Another $100m from Beijing will help boost the island’s railway network, Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said.

The new airport will be near a vast sea port which is being largely funded with Chinese money.

China is financing a growing number of such projects in Sri Lanka, which some see as an attempt to undermine Indian influence in the region.

The two countries are vying for contracts in Sri Lanka following the end of more than 20 years of civil war.

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