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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 11, 2019
China’s Global Port Play
By Eleanor Albert
China’s port building plans are more complex than conventional wisdom suggests.
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.
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.