China Builds Factory in Defaulted Land in Sri Lanka

Beijing is determined to pursue their infrastructure projects in dozens of countries as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, one of the biggest construction efforts in human history. However, their efforts on Sri Lanka has raised questions about sovereignty.

Beijing is determined to pursue their infrastructure projects in dozens of countries as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, one of the biggest construction efforts in human history. However, their efforts on Sri Lanka has raised questions about sovereignty.

Sri Lanka’s newly elected president’s adviser said that the government wants China “to give it back.”

“China uses so-called debt diplomacy to expand its influence. The terms of [its] loans are opaque at best, and the benefits invariably flow overwhelmingly to Beijing,” Vice President Pence informed the Hudson Institute, a think tank in Washington D.C. “Just ask Sri Lanka, which took on a massive debt to let Chinese state companies build a port of questionable commercial value. It may soon become a forward military base for China’s growing blue-water navy.”

Hambantota port may have been of “questionable commercial value” when this has belonged to Sri Lanka. 

However, the Chinese operators claim that business has been doing well and they’re determined to control it for 97 more years.

China also has control over 15,000 acres of land around the Hambantota port, and it continuously seeks more. This district reaches about 75 miles along Sri Lanka’s southern coast and there are current 600,000 residents.

Most experts believe that most Sri Lankans across the country trust China’s work and judgment and are satisfied with its many investments in their country as Sri Lanka is now dominated by Chinese-built structures.


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