The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was all for a suggestion that countries in Asia should shift their focus from the West to the East. Given Sri Lanka’s close relations with China, such advice was like telling children that they should eat more chocolates. The suggestion came from former Al-Jazeera chief Wadah Khanfar when he met the Mahinda on Tuesday at Temple Trees. Khanfar, who now heads the think-tank as-Sharq Forum, was here on a two-day lecture tour at the invitation of the Bakeer Markar Centre for National Unity. He, however said, he did not believe that the countries of the South should look towards one country or a single power centre such as China. Instead, they should evolve a collective leadership within the non-aligned movement to promote South-South cooperation. Such collective leadership would be more beneficial for countries in the global South and East, Khanfar said.]]>

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