Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna supporters hold a poster of presidential front runner Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Photo: EPA

Will a new Rajapaksa pivot Sri Lanka back from US to China?

  • Four years ago, Sri Lanka turned away from the pro-China presidency of Rajapaksa and went in search of US gold
  • Now a new Rajapaksa is in town, could its gaze be turning back to China?
Topic |   Sri Lanka

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A worker fearlessly walks along steel reinforcement bars at a construction site in Manila. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

China promised Duterte US$9 billion. He’s had only US$924 million in loans and grants. Why?

  • Beijing in 2016 pledged to fund an array of major construction jobs for the Philippine president’s signature Build, Build, Build programme
  • But three years on, many projects remain on the drawing board, leaving Duterte with little to show for his much-touted policy pivot to China
Topic |   The Philippines

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