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
Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative

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

Kinling Lo

Kinling Lo is a China reporter covering diplomacy and society news for the Post. She joined the team in 2016 as a cadet reporter.