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Presidential Election and the China factor in Sri Lanka’s politics – G Parthasarathy

The winner of Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential elections could change the nature of India’s relationship with its neighbour. India’s Buddhist neighbours, Sri Lanka and Myanmar,...

Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa does a U-turn on Chinese investment, opposes Hambantota project

FP Staff Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday opposed a Chinese-funded industrial park in the port city of Hambantota, threatening to scrap the...

Sold: Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port And The World’s Emptiest Airport Go To The Chinese

( Image: An 80% share of the Hambantota deep sea port will be transferred to China Merchants Holdings in order to allow development to...

China, India Tussle for Influence as Sri Lanka Seeks Investment

Gauri Bhatia | Special to CNBC. Situated almost in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there is no escaping Sri Lanka's centrality. The country lies just...

Sri Lanka’s Embrace of China Investment Heightens Regional Geopolitical Risk

(A worker looks on at the Colombo Port City construction site, which is backed by Chinese investment, Feb. 2. © Reuters) TOKYO -- Sri...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Maithri More Valuable to China Than Mahinda – Upul Joseph Fernando

The media raised many questions about the future of the China funded Colombo Port City Project when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met them last...

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...

Will China Help Mahinda to Topple the Government?

by Upul Joseph Fernando - The first official statement issued by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after his defeat, appeared in the print media last week....

A Game Changer for China and India in Sri Lanka?

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,...

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....

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...

Chinese Contractor Pockets Rs. 410 m. From Low Standard Colombo Port Terminal

Sri Lanka’s Colombo South Container Terminal (CSCT) has been completed by a Chinese contractor without following the quality standards of construction stipulated in the...

Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port to Have a Chinese Navel Base: Report

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy is to build 18 naval bases in various regions in the next 10 years including in Sri Lanka,...

Only 2% Chinese Aid to Sri Lanka are Grants While India Provides 33% As Grants

By R. Sampanthan. MP- Sir, non-alignment has been the cornerstone of our Foreign Policy. It may be that there were times when we deviated from...

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...

Sri Lanka’s surging cash reliance on China

Island nation has received $4bn since 2009 and critics warn that could mean greater dependence on China. Colombo, Sri Lanka - Since ending its...

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...

Sri Lanka: First country to agree on Maritime Silk Route of China

Sri Lanka stands to gain from the proposed Maritime Silk Route policy of the Chinese government as the island's location puts it in a...

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...

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...
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President Rajapaksa ignores recommendations by medical professionals to control the raging pandemic in Sri Lanka

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Myanmar: If independent media dies, democracy dies – Phil Thornton

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Year-long detention of lawyer, poet sparks concern in Sri Lanka – Meera Srinivasan

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