Monthly Archives: November 2017

Walk the Talk

Walk the Talk

German Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jorn Rohde opines that Sri Lanka is on the right path with its policy strategy, but it is high time for the nation and its leaders to ‘walk the talk’. Rohde says that the international community is fully supportive of …

Unsustainable debt burdens

Unsustainable debt burdens

By Yi Xianliang: Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka.         Profound and complex changes are taking place in the current world regarding geopolitical and economic circumstances, with opportunities and challenges driving ahead. During the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Chinese President …

Role of Buddhism in Sri Lanka politics

Role of Buddhism in Sri Lanka politics

Sri Lanka has the longest history of Buddhism among Buddhist countries in the world. Ever since Buddhism was introduced in the 3rd century BCE, it had faced threat of survival due to overwhelming cultural and religious influence of Hinduism, internal jockeying for power between the …

Proposed Constitution Under Attack

Proposed Constitution Under Attack

The interim report on Sri Lanka’s proposed constitution released on September 21 has come under a spate of attacks. On October 24, a retired Sri Lankan army officer, Major General Kamal Gunaratne, insisted that those seeking to introduce the new constitution are traitors who must …

India and China flex muscles over Sri Lankan hub

India and China flex muscles over Sri Lankan hub

At the eerily quiet Mattala Airport, on the forested southern coast of Sri Lanka, a battle between Asian superpowers is unfolding. Few outside the country have heard of Mattala, and only one airline has been using the airport, located in Hambantota, 250km from Colombo, since …

China, ISIS threats get India, US together

China, ISIS threats get India, US together

China’s aggressive play in the Indian Ocean region has prompted US and India to coordinate closely in Sri Lanka and Maldives — two countries strategically vital for India. This is a far cry from the years when India worked hard to keep the US out …

Indian Oil denies role in fuel crisis

Indian Oil denies role in fuel crisis

The Indian Oil Company’s subsidiary in Sri Lanka has dismissed as “mischievous and factually incorrect” the allegations that it was responsible for the fuel shortage in the island nation. The Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) yesterday received flak for the fuel shortage after motorists lined …

Need for process to be sustainable

Need for process to be sustainable

In a joint statement issued following the the second U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue between the Governments of the United States of America and Sri Lanka Colombo on 6 November, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon said that while there is a …

India Has Already Lost Hambantota and Sri Lanka Could be Next

India Has Already Lost Hambantota and Sri Lanka Could be Next

By Zakka Jacob.                                                                        When I used to work in Beijing, …

Sri Lanka an important trading and logistics hub

Sri Lanka an important trading and logistics hub

Sri Lanka and China, on Saturday declared open the ‘Sri Lanka,China Logistics and Industrial Zone Office’ in Hambantota, in the southern coast of the island country which will overlook the work of a 15,000 acre Industrial Zone. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking at …