The storage yard of the Hambantota port, which remains in the ownership of the Sri Lankan government. Photo: Xinhua
Barry Sautman
Opinion

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The View by Barry Sautman

The truth about Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port, Chinese ‘debt traps’ and ‘asset seizures’

  • Interviews, including with Sri Lankan officials, debunk claims the port was signed away to service Chinese debt
  • Chinese infrastructure loans have not led to the forfeiture of a single valuable asset abroad

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The storage yard of the Hambantota port, which remains in the ownership of the Sri Lankan government. Photo: Xinhua
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Illustration: Craig Stephens
Wang Huiyao
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Wang Huiyao

China’s belt and road plan has a branding problem and needs to be redefined as a global growth project

  • Absent a clearly defined plan, Beijing’s belt and road strategy has been misunderstood. It has evolved into a global development project in the past five years and should be redefined accordingly to dispel misunderstanding

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Illustration: Craig Stephens
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