US lawmakers raise concerns over China’s role in Hambantota

US lawmakers have raised concerns over China’s role in the Hambantota port. The port was discussed when the lawmakers expressed concerns over the ambitious ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative of China and sought recommendations for improving... More

Sri Lanka’s troops on alert amid communal riots

Sri Lankan troops patrolled a coastal town on Sunday (Nov 19) where nearly 90 homes were damaged and cars set alight in violence between the island's Sinhalese and Muslim communities. A brawl over a traffic accident on Gintota,... More

Lanka Army chief summoned by court over disappearance of 24 Tamils

A Sri Lankan court has summoned the commander of the country's Army tomorrow over the disappearance of 24 Tamils since their arrest in 1996 by security forces during the internal conflict with the LTTE. The Jaffna High Court... More

Sea combat training for Malaysian security personnel in Sri Lanka

Malaysian security and enforcement personnel will undergo sea combat training in Sri Lanka to strengthen and upgrade their skills in maritime security control, the New Straits Times reported. Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander Datuk Hazani Ghazali said... More

No strings attached to assistance to Sri Lanka, says China

China will not attach any strings when extending financial assistance to Sri Lanka and will not use an investigation into alleged human rights violations or war crimes during the armed conflict as a precondition, Chinese Foreign Affairs... More

UN to review SL human rights record, Sirisena pledges to protect war...

Days prior to Sri Lanka’s human rights record being scheduled to be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, President Maithripala Sirisena... More

Chinese Naval training ship docks Sri Lanka on a 4-day goodwill visit

The training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy docked at the Colombo Port on 10 November on a four-day goodwill visit. During the ship’s port call in Colombo, Rear Admiral Yan... More

 Sri Lanka to scrap state-owned fossil fuel vehicles by 2025

Sri Lanka has announced plans to replace all state-owned vehicles with electric or hybrid models by 2025, a move that will be extended to private vehicles by 2040. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on  9 November  the government... More

Lankan Govt presents budget and pre-budget relief ahead of Jan polls

Amidst a fuel crisis that has taken public opinion on the Lankan government to a new low and with the local government elections to be held in January 2018, the National Unity regime of President Maithripala Sirisena... More

Chinese LNG power plant at Hambantota gets go ahead

The construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota has been approved by the country’s cabinet, the Government information department said. The 400 Mw LNG power plant in Hambantota is to be implemented... More

Chinese naval ship to visit Sri Lanka from 10 to 13 Nov

The training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy will visit Sri Lanka Friday (Nov 10) for a four-day goodwill visit, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said. The Ship Qi Jiguang is... More

Chinese envoy slams comments on Sri Lanka by top US official

The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang rejected comments made by a top US official with regards to Chinese assistance to Sri Lanka. Yi Xianliang, in an opinion article sent to the media on 7 November, said... More

Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port joint venture to start on Dec 8

The joint venture between China Merchants Port Holding Company (CMPH) and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to operate the Hambantota Harbour would start operations on December 8, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe who was speaking... More

US pledges support despite delay in SL reconciliation efforts

Despite delays in Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process the US will “stand by” Sri Lanka to bring “enduring and sustainable” peace, a top official said, insisting America was ready to engage on wide-ranging issues including regional security. US Under... More

Sri Lanka, China open industrial zone office in Hambantota

Sri Lanka and China jointly launched the "Sri Lanka-China Logistics and Industrial Zone Office" in Sri Lanka's southern port of Hambantota on 4 November. The office will overlook the operation of the 50-square-kilometer Industrial Zone officially established in... More

US-SL partnership dialogue, Shannon visits Colombo monday

With President Donald Trump undertaking an 11-day visit to Asia, the longest such visits by a US President to the region in 25 years, US Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Thomas A. Shannon will visit Colombo on... More

EU disappointed with Sri Lanka over anti-terror laws

A delegation from the European Union (EU) expressed concern Colombo on 2 November over Sri Lanka’s failure to reform its anti-terror laws, a key condition for receiving tariff concessions to access the 28-member trading bloc. The concessions –... More

Sri Lanka targets tuk-tuk drivers to plug labour shortfall

Asitha Udaya Priyantha has found his dream job. The 22-year-old is already his own boss, cruising Sri Lanka's streets in his auto-rickshaw, earning good money on his own time. But this is not what the island's government wants... More

Pakistan naval ship to visit Sri Lanka from Nov 5-8

As part of a goodwill port call and to further strengthen the relations with Sri Lanka, a Pakistani naval ship PNS SAIF is scheduled to arrive at Colombo port on a four-day visit from November 5 to... More

Chinese vice premier expects closer cooperation with Sri Lanka

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang met with visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana in Beijing Wednesday (Nov 1). Wang said China highly values its relations with Sri Lanka, and regards the country as an important cooperation partner... More

Making deals with China: We do have a bargaining chip

Writing about our relationship with our neighbours and the world last year I predicted that the UNFGG government will eventually let go of its Indian tilt, despite the objections of some sections of the coalition and once... More


Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More