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Sri Lanka Signals Its Unreliability as a Partner Yet Again
August 29, 2022

Sri Lanka Signals Its Unreliability as a Partner Yet Again

By Rathindra Kuruwita
It has repeatedly scrapped deals and flip-flopped on decisions with an array of partners, including India, Japan, China and Russia.

Sri Lanka’s Strategic Ambiguity Won’t Hold
August 19, 2022

Sri Lanka’s Strategic Ambiguity Won’t Hold

By Viruben Nandakumar
Sri Lanka’s refusal to codify trade relations with India speaks to a consistent policy of strategic ambiguity.
Sri Lanka Seeks Chinese Debt Restructuring Amid Crisis
January 10, 2022

Sri Lanka Seeks Chinese Debt Restructuring Amid Crisis

By Krishan Francis
In addition to foreign debt obligations exceeding $7 billion, Sri Lanka’s foreign reserves are down to $1.6 billion, barely enough for a few weeks of imports.

Biden’s Exclusive Democracy Summit Disappoints
December 13, 2021

Biden’s Exclusive Democracy Summit Disappoints

By Mohamed Zeeshan
By embracing some countries and excluding others, the US has squandered an opportunity to unite South Asia – at least ideologically – against Beijing.

Sino-Indian Competition in the Indian Ocean Region Intensifies
October 16, 2020

Sino-Indian Competition in the Indian Ocean Region Intensifies

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
As competition intensifies in the Indian Ocean Region, India loses touch with Sri Lanka and solidifies relations with the Maldives.

China to the Rescue in Sri Lanka
April 15, 2020

China to the Rescue in Sri Lanka

By Rathindra Kuruwita
Beijing first stepped forward to assist Colombo, a move with geopolitical ramifications.

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.
Sri Lanka’s New Government Seems Serious About Revisiting the Hambantota Deal With China
December 02, 2019

Sri Lanka’s New Government Seems Serious About Revisiting the Hambantota Deal With China

By Ankit Panda
The infamous 99-year-lease on the port to a Chinese state firm may see an update if the new government in Colombo has its way.

India’s Approach to the Sri Lankan Election: Proactive and Pre-emptive?
November 23, 2019

India’s Approach to the Sri Lankan Election: Proactive and Pre-emptive?

By Ashutosh Nagda
Rather than a reactionary response to the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, India appeared prepared for the political developments in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Will Get a $3.9 Billion Refinery Next to China-Run Hambantota Port
March 20, 2019

Sri Lanka Will Get a $3.9 Billion Refinery Next to China-Run Hambantota Port

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
Sri Lanka's export earnings may rise as much as $7 billion because of the refinery.

Japan Eyes Sri Lanka’s Deep Water Port of Trincomalee
August 31, 2018

Japan Eyes Sri Lanka’s Deep Water Port of Trincomalee

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya
Anxiety over China’s growing maritime influence drives Japanese, Indian, and U.S. interests in Sri Lanka's ports.
Sri Lanka Formally Hands Over Hambantota Port to Chinese Firms on 99-Year Lease
December 11, 2017

Sri Lanka Formally Hands Over Hambantota Port to Chinese Firms on 99-Year Lease

By Ankit Panda
The Sri Lankan government has given assurances that the port will not be used for military ends.

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