The port facility at Hambantota in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFP The port facility at Hambantota in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFP
The port facility at Hambantota in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFP
Tom Holland
Opinion

Opinion

Abacus by Tom Holland

Suez Canal and Hambantota: spot the difference

History shows debt-funded infrastructure projects have a nasty tendency to evolve into imperial debt servitude. Countries like Sri Lanka should take note when embracing China’s Belt and Road Initiative

The port facility at Hambantota in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFP The port facility at Hambantota in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFP
The port facility at Hambantota in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFP
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