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  • China Sends Special Envoy to Sri Lanka to Mend Ties Read more >

    China Sends Special Envoy to Sri Lanka to Mend Ties

    (The US$1.4 billion Colombo Port City project was shelved after Mahinda Rajapaksa lost power. Original photo: Reuters) In a significant move, China has dispatched a special envoy to Sri Lanka, where major Chinese investments are being reviewed since a Beijing-friendly president was ousted from power in January and a recent parliamentary election reinstated a national […]

  • China Cannot Be Avoided: State-run Media After SL Polls

    By PTI Chinese official media asserted that “China cannot be avoided” because its ties with Colombo transcended “partisan politics”. | P.K.Balachandran BEIJING: As a sense of unease prevailed here over defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary polls blunting Beijing’s influence in the Indian Ocean region, Chinese official media asserted that “China cannot be […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Chinese Election – Brahma Chellaney

    NEW DELHI – Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election this month promises to shape not only the country’s political future, but also geopolitics in the wider Indian Ocean region, a global center of trade and energy flows that accounts for half of the world’s container traffic and 70% of its petroleum shipments. The country’s strategic importance has […]

  • Rajapaksa Comeback Bid Checked by Sri Lanka Bribery Probe Read more >

    Rajapaksa Comeback Bid Checked by Sri Lanka Bribery Probe

    Sri Lanka is investigating a Chinese firm on suspicion of offering a bribe to Mahinda Rajapaksa’s failed presidential re-election campaign, a source close to the investigation said, weeks before he seeks to pull off a comeback in a general election. Ousted by erstwhile ally Maithripala Sirisena in January, Rajapaksa is now seeking to turn the […]

  • India v. China in Sri Lanka: Lessons for Rising Powers

    By Kadira Pethiyagoda. The changing fortunes for the two emerging global powers in Sri Lanka offer some interesting lessons. John Kerry’s visit to Sri Lanka, the first by a U.S. Secretary of State in 11 years, recognizes country’s geopolitical importance. It also highlights the outcome of the recent tussle over the island state by two […]

  • Sri Lanka:China’s Listening Post in Indian Ocean Read more >

    Sri Lanka:China’s Listening Post in Indian Ocean

    By Bhaskar Roy. When Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena recently visited China he was literally squeezed by the Chinese leaders not to review the Chinese investments and infrastructure projects in his country and secure Chinese interests. Sirisena had little room to manoeuere Sri Lanka is in a difficult financial situation. The International Monetary Fund […]

  • Public Tribunal Unanimously Opposes Port City Project Read more >

    Public Tribunal Unanimously Opposes Port City Project

    A public tribunal hosted by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Sri Lanka yesterday decided that the Port City project should be cancelled, as all benefits it may provide are outweighed by economic, social, environmental and political harm. “They (China Communications Construction Company Ltd.) simply say that there are no impacts. The economic, environmental and social harms […]

  • Comments on Sri Lanka President SirisenaVaiden Visit to China

    By Col. R. Hariharan. Question: President Maithripala Sirisena’s Chinese visit is starting later today (March 25, 2015).  This visit comes after his government’s willingness to strengthen ties with neighbour India with leaders of the both countries visiting each other’s nation within a month and the suspension of Chinese aided Colombo port city reclamation project. How […]

  • Will China Help Mahinda to Topple the Government? Read more >

    Will China Help Mahinda to Topple the Government?

    [Chinese defence minister with President Rajapaksa] by Upul Joseph Fernando – The first official statement issued by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after his defeat, appeared in the print media last week. The statement looked to be a sad note from the former President. He regretted that the present government was harassing him and his family […]

  • A Game Changer for China and India in Sri Lanka? Read more >

    A Game Changer for China and India in Sri Lanka?

    [Sri Lanka FM visits India: Image Credit: Narendra Modi via Flickr.com] India may be celebrating the election result in Sri Lanka, but China is in the region for the long haul. By Kabir Taneja- On January 18, a Reuters reported claimed that Sri Lanka’s now former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, had expelled the station chief of […]

  • Why The Sri Lanka Election Upset Is A Blow To China Read more >

    Why The Sri Lanka Election Upset Is A Blow To China

    Kevin Sullivan – For Mahinda Rajapaksa, the now former president of Sri Lanka, last week’s stunning election defeat must be a bit of a head-scratcher. Having ended the country’s decades-long civil war against the Tamil Tigers in 2009, Rajapaksa was long believed to be one of the most secure leaders in Southeast Asia. In addition […]

  • New President in Sri Lanka Puts China’s Plans in Check Read more >

    New President in Sri Lanka Puts China’s Plans in Check

    Sri Lanka’s newly elected president Maithripala Sirisena arrives at the Election Commission office in Colombo on January 9, 2015 (Agence France-Presse photo) Ellen Barry, The New York Times– New Delhi:  On a Sunday four months ago, a vessel pulled unannounced into Sri Lanka’s Colombo harbor: the Chinese Navy submarine Great Wall No. 329, which is […]

  • Chinese loans will bleed country dry: Harsha de Silva Read more >

    Chinese loans will bleed country dry: Harsha de Silva

    Speaking to ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Sri Lanka, United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian and leading economist Harsha de Silva revealed that the Government was poised to sign loan agreements –amounting to a staggering US$1.258 billion (or Rs.164 billion) at a high interest rate — with China during its President’s visit. Dr. […]

  • Sri Lanka’s surging cash reliance on China Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s surging cash reliance on China

    [China provided monetary assistance to build Sri Lanka’s new Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport;File: EPA] Island nation has received $4bn since 2009 and critics warn that could mean greater dependence on China. Colombo, Sri Lanka – Since ending its civil war in 2009, Sri Lanka has become increasingly financially dependent on China, receiving an estimated $4bn […]

  • India, China and Sri Lanka: the uneasy triangle Read more >

    India, China and Sri Lanka: the uneasy triangle

    By Col. R. Hariharan– China’s President Xi Jinping has accepted a long-standing invitation from President Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit Sri Lanka sometime this year. The first-ever visit by a Chinese President to Sri Lanka will no doubt be hailed alas a crowning achievement for President Rajapaksa’s foreign policy which had been under siege for some […]

  • Fishermen alarmed by Chinese vessels under Lankan flag Read more >

    Fishermen alarmed by Chinese vessels under Lankan flag

    Fishermen’s organisations and boat owners in Kerala are wringing their hands over Sri Lankan government’s recent decision to let more than a dozen Chinese fishing vessels to operate under the island country’s flag under an arrangement called ‘distant water fishing’. The arrangement lets a country’s fishing fleet to scoop up marine wealth from another country’s […]

  • China biggest lender to govt, India biggest benefactor Read more >

    China biggest lender to govt, India biggest benefactor

    Foreign loans, grants committed in 2012: June 4, 2013, 8:34 pm China emerged as the biggest lender to the government of Sri Lanka with loans amounting to US$ 1,056.05 million in 2012 with additional grants amounting to US$ 0.16 million and India became the country’s biggest benefactor with grants amounting to US$ 257.28 million and […]

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