Sri Lanka

India Condemns Chinese ‘Militarization’ of Taiwan Waters

The Indian government’s representative office in Sri Lanka used the term “militarization” in a post on Twitter on Saturday to describe China’s recent actions in the Taiwan Strait, which separates the sovereign island nation of Taiwan from China’s southeastern coast, the Hindu reported on Sunday, noting that it was the first time New Delhi had used such strong rhetoric to refer to the China-Taiwan dispute.

Two Taiwanese military corvettes sail during a Navy Drill for Preparedness Enhancement ahead of the Chinese New Year, amid escalating Chinese threats to the island, in Keelung, Taiwan, 7 Jan, 2022. With the US approving an increasing number of arms sales to Taipei and China sending more PLA warplanes to …

Sri Lankans Lament Death of Protest Movement Under Government ‘Witch Hunt’

The socialist government of Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe charged student protesters on Monday with violating the “Prevention of Terrorism Act” by holding a peaceful march, the latest in a string of actions supporters of the nation’s anti-government protest movement say are a “witch hunt” against legitimate complaints against corruption and incompetence.

Sri Lankan police officers wearing riot gear detain a protester during the Inter University Students Federation protest march in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on August 18, 2022. The IUSF organized an anti government protest march demanding the release of protesters who are currently in remand custody, abolishment of the Executive Presidency, …

Sri Lankans Begin Flooding India in Burgeoning Migration Wave

At least six people arrived illegally in India’s Tamil Nadu state on Wednesday after traveling there by boat from Sri Lanka, an island nation located 34 miles off India’s southern coast at its shortest distance, the Hindustan Times reported on Thursday, noting that the incident was indicative of a growing migration wave as dozens of Sri Lankans have fled the financially troubled country for India since its economy effectively collapsed in March.

Drivers are waiting in long queues at an Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) filling station in Colombo, Sri Lanka on July 02, 2022. (Photo by Pradeep Dambarage/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

China Sends Survey Vessel to Sri Lankan Port it Controls, Irking India

China recently deployed a survey vessel to Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port — which Colombo ceded to Beijing on a 99-year lease in 2017 after defaulting on debt to China — Reuters reported on Thursday, noting that the vessel’s deployment to Sri Lanka has irked nearby India which denounced the Chinese research mission as a possible threat to New Delhi’s “security and economic interests.”

The warship formations of China and Russia sail through the Tsugaru Strait during the naval exercise Joint Sea-2021 on October 18, 2021 in the Western part of the Pacific Ocean. (Sun Zifa/China News Service via Getty Images)

China Calls Strong U.S. Dollar a ‘Crisis’

China’s state-run Global Times on Tuesday denounced the strong U.S. dollar as a “crisis” for the rest of the world because it increases the “financial risks facing emerging markets” and allegedly makes it harder for other nations to implement anti-inflationary policies.

Face to face of US dollar banknote and China Yuan banknote

Sri Lanka’s Envoy to Beijing: Blaming Chinese Debt Traps for Sri Lanka’s Collapse ‘Propaganda’

Sri Lanka’s ambassador to China Palitha Kohona told the Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times in an interview published on Monday that anyone blaming Beijing’s predatory loans for Sri Lanka’s economic disaster was spreading “convenient propaganda” and calling China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) a “debt trap” is a “gross exaggeration.”

People are protesting against rising living costs, amid the countrys economic crisis, in Colombo on June 27, 2022.

China Deflects Blame for Bankrupting Socialist Sri Lanka

China’s state-run Global Times published an editorial piece on Monday in which it attempted to deflect Beijing’s share of responsibility for Sri Lanka’s current economic crisis, caused in part by Colombo’s recent decision to default on its massive foreign debt, including a large amount owed to China.

A cargo ship is seen at the Sri Lankan ports authority Colombo, Sri Lanka. 9 July 2022. Sri Lankas prime minister said late last month that the island nations debt-laden economy had collapsed as it runs out of money to pay for food and fuel. Short of cash to pay …

‘My Children Are Miserable’: Malnutrition Soars in Socialist Sri Lanka

The seemingly ceaseless economic crisis that has left most of Sri Lanka with no food, fuel, medicine, or basic goods and has severely compromised the nation’s power supply has prompted a growing wave of child malnutrition, the BBC observed in a report on Monday citing mothers in the country desperate to keep their children nourished.

In this picture taken on April 21, 2022, a child lies in a bed while his mother sits beside in Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children in Colombo. - Sri Lanka used to import around 85 percent of its pharmaceutical supplies but is suffering its worst economic crisis since 1948. (Photo …

Sri Lanka: Man Dies Waiting for Rationed Gasoline

A 53-year-old man died in Sri Lanka’s western town of Aluthgama on Tuesday while waiting in line for gasoline, which has been strictly rationed in the country since March because of a dire financial crisis, Sri Lanka’s News First website reported Wednesday.

Drivers are waiting in long queues at an Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) filling station in Colombo, Sri Lanka on July 02, 2022. (Photo by Pradeep Dambarage/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Starving Sri Lanka Shortens Work Week to Give People Time to Grow Food

Sri Lanka’s federal government on Monday approved a proposal that would shorten the work week of most public sector staff to four days so that they will have time to farm their own food crops, Reuters reported on Tuesday, noting the measure aims to combat Sri Lanka’s worsening food shortages caused by a recent economic crisis.

Farmers plant rice seedlings in a paddy field in Bandaragama, Sri Lanka, on June 5, 2022. As inflation neared 40% last week, the government urged farmers to start planting rice. Photographer: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

China Offers Sri Lanka Economic Aid After Destroying Its Domestic Industries

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday said he would ask China for foreign aid again, after Beijing turned down a proposed $1.5 billion currency swap. China was a major contributor to Sri Lanka’s economic implosion, having destroyed some of the island’s key industries and bankrolled its corrupt socialist government with loans that could never be repaid.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, poses for media before his meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, January 9, 2022. (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

Power Outages Could Hit Much of the Globe This Summer

The summer of 2022 is poised to deliver a dangerous challenge to overstressed power grids around the world, at a time of soaring energy prices and reduced fuel inventories thanks to the coronavirus pandemic aftermath and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A workers quenches his thirst next to power lines as a heatwave continues to lashes the capital, in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 2, 2022. An unusually early and brutal heat wave is scorching parts of India, where acute power shortages are affecting millions as demand for electricity surges to …

Expert: Sri Lanka Has Only 3 Days of Fuel Left

A Sri Lankan petroleum industry leader told reporters Thursday there is a limited amount of fuel to distribute among Sri Lankans and this supply is expected to last no more than two to three days, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror reported.

Sri Lankans wait in a queue to buy kerosene oil for cooking outside a fuel station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Sri Lanka's defense ministry ordered security forces on Tuesday to shoot anyone causing injury to people or property to contain widespread arson and mob violence targeting …