High ranking diplomats of four great powers are currently in Sri Lanka, heightening speculation that the island may once again become the centre of power rivalry between global powers.
The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday evening to finalise arrangements for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's upcoming state visit to China.
Mr Wang was followed today by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells and the Japanese Minister of State Kozo Yamamoto.
All four held talks with the Sri Lankan President; with the Russian foreign minister offering to assist Sri Lanka in the security sector; the US deputy assistant secretary of state on the prospects of signing the Millennium Challenge Corporation agreement; and the Japanese state minister on assisting Sri Lanka's economic development .
Diplomatic circles in Colombo told the Tamil Polity that while the Sri Lankan President held cordial talks with the Chinese, Russian and Japanese diplomats, during his meeting with the senior US diplomat, he refused to consider signing the Millennium Challenge Corporation agreement, claiming he needs the consent of the people first.
Following Mr Rajapaksa's election as president last November, the relationship between Western countries and Sri Lanka have become frosty.