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Hambantota Port may soon become a forward military base

Hambantota Port may soon become a forward military base

Remarks delivered by President Mike Pence on the administration’s policy towards China at Hudson Institute on October 4, 2018:                      Thank you, Ken, for that kind introduction. To the Members of the Board of Trustees, to …

Why does reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to the UK?

Why does reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to the UK?

Next year Sri Lanka will have enjoyed 10 uninterrupted years free from the misery of armed conflict. Whatever your view on how Sri Lanka has progressed since, that very fact alone is one to cherish. I know how deep the scars from decades of conflict …

As Chinese influence grows ‘Kaga’ sails into Sri Lanka

As Chinese influence grows ‘Kaga’ sails into Sri Lanka

Japan’s largest warship, the Kaga helicopter carrier, sailed into Sri Lanka’s Colombo harbor this weekend, marking Tokyo’s highest profile salvo in a diplomatic battle with China for influence along the region’s vital commercial sea lanes. Japan has long provided low-interest loans and aid to Sri …

Proposed Counter Terrorism Bill

Proposed Counter Terrorism Bill

Sri Lanka’s near three-decade ethnic war and numerous conflicts were used to justify attempts by successive governments to introduce and maintain broad sweeping legislation and regulations in the guise of countering terrorism and addressing national security. The notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) introduced in …

China focussed on resource extraction says US senator

China focussed on resource extraction says US senator

Citing the example of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, an influential US senator and a senior Trump administration official said they believe China is engaging in “neocolonial hardball tactics” through its development activities. “China’s neocolonial hardball tactics and use of debt to force Sri Lanka …

Reforms need to bring transparency, accountability and cost-efficiency

Reforms need to bring transparency, accountability and cost-efficiency

A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Manuela Goretti visited Colombo during September 13-27, 2018 to hold discussions on the fifth review of the Sri Lanka’s economic program supported by a three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The mission said after a …

EU launches Asia strategy to rival China’s ‘new Silk Road’

EU launches Asia strategy to rival China’s ‘new Silk Road’

As doubts grow over China’s vast “Belt and Road” trade infrastructure project, the EU is launching an alternative plan for Asia that it says will not saddle countries with debt they cannot repay. EU member countries are expected to sign off on the new “Asia …

Sri Lanka to shift its focus to emerging threats

Sri Lanka to shift its focus to emerging threats

The US state Department released its Country Report on Terrorism on 19 September 2018, which describes the global counter terrorism landscape in 2017 and  laying out the United States Government’s assessment of recent counter terrorism trends and highlighting efforts taken to combat terrorist groups. The …

Transitional justice efforts fall short

Transitional justice efforts fall short

Just before and during the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Sri Lankan authorities made several announcements to signify their commitment to pledges made in an October 2015 resolution on justice and accountability for abuses during Sri Lanka’s civil war. The Government …

The Sri Lankan who solved a maths problem for Jeff Bezos of Amazon

The Sri Lankan who solved a maths problem for Jeff Bezos of Amazon

Yasantha Rajakarunanayake is surprised Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, remembers him three decades after they lost touch. The Sri Lankan scientist, now based in the US, was Bezos’ classmate at Princeton University in the 1980s. Speaking at The Economic Club of Washington, …