Hambantota was handed over to a Chinese firm two years ago. Photo: AFP
Hambantota was handed over to a Chinese firm two years ago. Photo: AFP

Sri Lanka wants its ‘debt trap’ Hambantota port back. But will China listen?

  • Critics view the deal as a symbol of the problems associated with Chinese lending and the Belt and Road Initiative, but Beijing so far shows little sign of changing its mind
  • Newly elected President Gotabya Rajapaksa promised on the campaign trail to revisit the agreement, but observers say he will need to offer China something else in return

Hambantota was handed over to a Chinese firm two years ago. Photo: AFP
Hambantota was handed over to a Chinese firm two years ago. Photo: AFP
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