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How China trapped Sri Lanka under a mountain of debt

How China trapped Sri Lanka under a mountain of debt

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 by selling Chinese-funded infrastructure projects …

China never interferes in internal affairs

China never interferes in internal affairs

Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has strongly denied reports of Chinese militarization of the Chinese funded Hambantota Port, in southern Sri Lanka, and stressed the Sri Lankan Navy was the sole military force responsible for the security of the Port. During discussions with China’s …

Sri Lanka to push ahead with Reforms

Sri Lanka to push ahead with Reforms

Sri Lanka will continue to press ahead with reforms and revenue for the start of the year is on target, junior finance minister Eran Wickramaratne said in an interview. “We are more or less on track” with the reform program, said Wickramaratne, who represents the …

“Belt and Road” Ports Align with Military Interests

“Belt and Road” Ports Align with Military Interests

A new report by non-profit C4ADS suggests that China’s “Belt and Road” seaport projects in the Indo-Pacific may be intended to serve strategic, military objectives. Based upon the unofficial views of Chinese academics, Beijing’s “core interest” in maintaining access to sea lanes is a key …

Properties of Tamils had been encroached?

Properties of Tamils had been encroached?

The chief minister of Sri Lanka’s North East Province, C V Vigneswaran, has alleged that the Sri Lankan government had not taken steps to retrieve the land, houses and other properties belonging to Tamils that were illegally occupied by Sinhalese during the ethnic crisis when …

Improving access to justice

Improving access to justice

In areas heavily affected by the former conflict that afflicted Sri Lanka for 25 years, such as Jaffna District, essentials documents such as passports, ID cards, and marriage, birth and death certificates, were often lost or destroyed. Yet, “as the most vulnerable people from rural …

Eye Sri Lanka wishes its readers a peaceful and prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Eye Sri Lanka wishes its readers a peaceful and prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year

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Lessons from a neighbour

Lessons from a neighbour

Last Wednesday, parliamentarians debated a no-confidence motion moved by Opposition MPs. The debate began at 9.30 am and by the time the vote was counted, it was 9.30 pm. All the government’s shortcomings were discussed threadbare. Ruling party legislators gave as good as they got. …

Port City, to be South Asia’s hub

Port City, to be South Asia’s hub

The US 1.4 billion State of the Art Colombo Port City (CPC), built by the China Harbor Construction Company (CHCC) in association with the Singapore-based designers Surbana Jurong group and the business advisory group Atkins Acuity, is expected to be South Asia’s commercial and entertainment …

Recalling the mandate

Recalling the mandate

Last week, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion against him, saving the country’s first national unity government from a devastating fall. Now, with President Maithripala Sirisena and Mr. Wickremesinghe agreeing to stay united and reshuffle the cabinet, the government can, at …