Mike and Jude are joined by the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung, to talk about Sri Lanka's position amid growing geopolitical competition in the region.

Set astride some of the world's busiest global shipping lanes, she highlights the importance of Sri Lanka to maritime security in the Indo-Pacific - putting it at the nexus of great power competition.

The podcast discusses Sri Lanka's debt crisis; its relationship with its biggest external lender China; ongoing PRC influence in Columbo; and US efforts on the ground to strengthen the US-Sri Lankan relationship.