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  • Sri Lanka’s currency suffers as debt trap deepens Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s currency suffers as debt trap deepens

    Image: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, in southern Sri Lanka, is called “the world’s emptiest airport.” It has four scheduled flights per week. (Photo by Yuji Kuronuma) NEW DELHI — Sri Lanka, which has loaded up on Chinese-funded infrastructure, is sinking deeper into a debt trap as its currency weakens and economic growth decelerates to its slowest […]

  • How China trapped Sri Lanka under a mountain of debt Read more >

    How China trapped Sri Lanka under a mountain of debt

    Image: Sri Lankans walk by a Chinese-funded port in Colombo. Photo: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP via Getty Images. Erica Pandey . Sri Lanka’s economy is struggling under the weight of massive debts owed to China, with the rupee hitting an all-time low on Monday. The big picture: As the small South Asian country’s economy spirals downward, it’s freeing itself from debts […]

  • Sri Lanka the latest victim of China’s debt-trap diplomacy Read more >

    Sri Lanka the latest victim of China’s debt-trap diplomacy

    Image: Beijing has been given a 99-year lease on Hambantota port as part of a debt-reduction deal, amid talk of creditor imperialism following China’s buy-up of strategic ports in Piraeus, Darwin and Djibouti. This month, Sri Lanka, unable to pay the onerous debt to China it has accumulated, formally handed over its strategically located Hambantota […]

  • Welcome To The Surveillance State: China’s AI Cameras See All Read more >

    Welcome To The Surveillance State: China’s AI Cameras See All

    By Ryan Grenoble. Across China, a network of 176 million surveillance cameras, expected to grow to 626 million by 2020, keeps watch on the country’s over 1.3 billion citizens. Loaded with facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence that can keep tabs on people and their activities, the cameras represent a blessing for the security state and a […]

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