The Sri Lanka case study is excerpted from a full-length report published by Saferworld that focuses upon China’s role in conflict-affected contexts. The last few years of the war in Sri Lanka coincided with a deepening of relations with China. This case study examines the role China played during this period and discusses what impact it had on the conflict. It also explores whether China’s engagement has affected the form and shape stability has taken in post-war Sri Lanka. The study is based on evidence collected from a desk-review of literature, media analysis and research interviews carried out in Colombo, Beijing, Shanghai and London with diplomats, officials, academics, analysts, journalists and civil society organisations.
Wheeler, T. China and conflict-affected states – between principle and pragmatism. Sri Lanka case study. Saferworld, (2012) 40 pp.