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Debt Trap

Debt Trap

  • 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 […]

  • Auditor General drops bombshell; Sri Lanka window dressed fiscal data; hid borrowings Read more >

    Auditor General drops bombshell; Sri Lanka window dressed fiscal data; hid borrowings

    Government institutions have engaged in continuous “window dressing” of financial records to underreport national debt and bypass borrowing limits imposed by debt management regulations, Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe revealed yesterday. Taking the balance sheet of the Finance Ministry as an example, Wijesinghe said data presentation has been manipulated to avoid presenting the total amount under […]

  • 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 […]

  • Vice President Robredo warns of China debt trap, cites Sri Lanka Read more >

    Vice President Robredo warns of China debt trap, cites Sri Lanka

    Image:Vice President Leni Robredo. The  administration’s new source of financing for its ambitious infrastructure projects, China, could lead the Philippines into a “debt trap” as it did other countries that had borrowed heavily from the Asian giant, according to Vice President Leni Robredo. Robredo cited the project to build a new Bicol Express, a rail […]

  • Sri Lanka Accepts Chinese Demands to Avoid Debt Trap Read more >

    Sri Lanka Accepts Chinese Demands to Avoid Debt Trap

    (Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe,  chats with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, April 7, 2016.) Saibal Dasgupta /BEIJINGSri Lanka has agreed to resume work on a Chinese-funded $1.4 billion Colombo Port City project that had stalled a year ago.The decision to restart […]

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