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Sri Lanka to Move Away From China and Toward Economic Integration With India
September 21, 2022

Sri Lanka to Move Away From China and Toward Economic Integration With India

By P.K. Balachandran
In a recent address, President Wickremesinghe defended the Chinese-built Hambantota port but pledged to address India’s security concerns.

Chinese Navy Ship Docks in Sri Lanka, Stokes Worry in India
August 17, 2022

Chinese Navy Ship Docks in Sri Lanka, Stokes Worry in India

By Eranga Jayawardena
Sri Lanka has referred to the Yuan Wang 5 as a "scientific research ship," but India apprehends that the vessel could be used to surveil the region.
Sri Lanka Asks China to Postpone Research Ship’s Port Call
August 10, 2022

Sri Lanka Asks China to Postpone Research Ship’s Port Call

By Krishan Francis
India had objected to the Yuan Wang 5’s scheduled visit to the Chinese-owned port of Hambantota.

China Thumbs Its Nose at India in Sri Lanka
August 03, 2022

China Thumbs Its Nose at India in Sri Lanka

By Sudha Ramachandran
Despite New Delhi’s objections, Colombo has permitted a Chinese "research and survey" ship to dock at Hambantota Port soon.

China Becomes Wild Card in Sri Lanka’s Debt Crisis
May 20, 2022

China Becomes Wild Card in Sri Lanka’s Debt Crisis

By Bharatha Mallawarachi, Krutika Pathi and Joe McDonald
Beijing has promised to “play a positive role” in talks with the IMF and offered Colombo more loans but is reluctant to cut its debt.

Sri Lanka’s Meltdown Puts China’s Strategic Influence in Jeopardy
May 18, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Meltdown Puts China’s Strategic Influence in Jeopardy

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The decline of the Rajapaksas has adversely hit Chinese fortunes in the Indian Ocean island and sullied its image among other Belt and Road partners.

The Hambantota Port Deal: Myths and Realities
January 01, 2020

The Hambantota Port Deal: Myths and Realities

By Umesh Moramudali
Untangling the truth about Chinese debt and Sri Lanka means cutting through some misleading media narratives.
Can Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas Walk the Talk on Hambantota?
December 23, 2019

Can Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas Walk the Talk on Hambantota?

By Ankit Panda
The deal by the previous government to hand over control to a Chinese firm was seen as a cautionary tale on the dangers of ‘debt trap’ diplomacy.

Is Sri Lanka Really a Victim of China’s ‘Debt Trap’? 
May 14, 2019

Is Sri Lanka Really a Victim of China’s ‘Debt Trap’? 

By Umesh Moramudali
Sri Lanka’s debt crisis and Chinese loans – separating myth from reality.

China’s Global Port Play
May 11, 2019

China’s Global Port Play

By Eleanor Albert
China’s port building plans are more complex than conventional wisdom suggests.

Rajapaksa’s Town: A Visit to Hambantota
January 09, 2019

Rajapaksa’s Town: A Visit to Hambantota

By Nicholas Muller
A look at developments in the stronghold of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s southern region of Hambantota.
A String of Fake Pearls? The Question of Chinese Port Access in the Indian Ocean
October 25, 2018

A String of Fake Pearls? The Question of Chinese Port Access in the Indian Ocean

By Natalie Klein
Chinese control of ports in other states – even those Beijing “owns” – will always remain limited.

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