Monthly Archives: April 2017

China and Sri Lanka keep up bonhomie

China and Sri Lanka keep up bonhomie

When Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the fourth most important leader in China, visited Sri Lanka this week, he was pleasantly surprised to get a very warm reception. “The warm hospitality I got was far beyond expectations,” Yu publicly …

Global tea production trends lead to an upward price trajectory

Global tea production trends lead to an upward price trajectory

In the current year, tea realisations are expected to remain buoyant following higher demand for tea, particularly given the expected supply side issues in both Sri Lanka and Kenya. However, buying patterns across tea segments, which had witnessed a considerable change in CY2016, will remain …

Sri Lanka has lessons from which India can learn

Sri Lanka has lessons from which India can learn

By Shashi Tharoor.                                                                It is presumptuous for a second-term MP to congratulate a fourth-term PM, …

Concerns over Chinese presence

Concerns over Chinese presence

Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor flagged India’s concerns over China’s presence in Sri Lanka, pointing to “military intervention in the guise of trade” even in the earlier avatar of China’s Silk Road initiative. He was speaking at the launch of Prime Minister …

China will still own Hambantota Port

China will still own Hambantota Port

China is in Sri Lanka to stay, and will continue to own the Hambantota port for years to come. In fact, ten years from now Beijing will still own 60 percent of the Hambantota port. That’s according to Sri Lanka’s State Minister of International Trade …

Only justice can heal our wounds

Only justice can heal our wounds

Acknowledging “important improvements” in the overall situation of human rights in Sri Lanka, Secretary General of Amnesty International Salil Shetty on Wednesday said it was now time for the government to act, after it recently got a two-year extension at the UN Human Rights Council …

There have been positive developments

There have been positive developments

The British Home Office Country Policy and Information Note March 2017 in its  updated policy guidance  to Home Office decision makers on handling particular types of protection and human rights claims, in its  updated policy guidance said: Since the country guidance case of GJ & Others in 2013, a …

Reasons behind China’s big Investments in Sri Lanka

Reasons behind China’s big Investments in Sri Lanka

What’s China doing in Sri Lanka? Officially, it’s building the country’s infrastructure. Like the ports of Colombo and Hambantota, which have left the country heavily indebted. Unofficially, China is setting up outposts in the Indian Ocean as part of Beijing’s broader strategy to secure the …

Constitutional committee report out this month

Constitutional committee report out this month

A key report to formulate Sri Lanka’s new Constitution will be released this month, which could deliberate among other things on a political solution to the Tamil minority issue through devolution of power. The main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) senior MA Sumanthiran while …

Ties with China not at India’s expense

Ties with China not at India’s expense

Your government came to power in 2015 promising to improve relations with its closest neighbour India. But core issues continue to linger. Your closeness to China is a “strategic threat” to India. How can you reassure New Delhi? Our friendship with China is not at …