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Sri Lanka - A Country Mired in Debt

Graham Watson

28th May 2017

One Belt, One Road, the development of the New Silk Road has included a great deal of Chinese investment in Sri Lanka. But is it sustainable, for both the Chinese and the Sri Lankans? The evidence so far is mixed.

Investment in a new port and an airport in Hambantota seems to have generated few returns but increased Sri Lanka's debt obligations. 

And as an aside, the FDI was in former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa's home constituency - so, I'm surmising that at least one Sri Lankan has done rather well out of the deal.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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