Monthly Archives: February 2018

Rising concern about Chinese investment

Rising concern about Chinese investment

Sri Lanka wants a longer-time period to negotiate a free trade agreement with China as it is concerned about the economic impact of a rushed deal on their small country, the Sri Lankan ambassador said on Sunday. There has been rising concern in the South …

China is trying to strangle India by befriending its neighbours

China is trying to strangle India by befriending its neighbours

Differences between India and China are likely to deepen and the Doklam standoff was not a one off incident, former National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said today and cautioned that the differences may lead to “unexpected consequences”. Narayanan, while speaking at the international symposium …

Action regard to constitution after the election?

Action regard to constitution after the election?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: Last week, leader of the opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R. Sampanthan, had two diplomatic meetings in Colombo with leaders of two Asian countries, who were on state visits to Sri Lanka, and a third with the Colombo based political section head …

India doubles budgetary allocations for Sri Lanka

India doubles budgetary allocations for Sri Lanka

A quiet maritime strategic diplomacy has emerged as the key theme of this year’s Union budget, as the government has allocated large sums of money — hitherto meant for key neighbouring countries. Beneficiaries of the Budget are Seychelles, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Maldives — all …

Sri Lanka’s ‘Look East’ Strategy

Sri Lanka’s ‘Look East’ Strategy

Two Southeast Asian leaders, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsieng Loong and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, visited Sri Lanka during the week ending January 26. During Lee’s visit (from January 22 to 24) Sri Lanka signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore, described as being …

Disillusionment and Frustration Pervade the Electorate

Disillusionment and Frustration Pervade the Electorate

Sri Lanka’s local government elections, scheduled to be held on February 10, have elicited the interest of a national election, and with good reason. This is the first time the country will go to the polls in about three years since the President Maithripala Sirisena–Prime …