Colombo [Sri Lanka]: As Sri Lanka faces one of the worst economic crises, China has been widely criticized for pushing the Sri Lankan economy into its ‘debt trap’ and for predatory behaviour such as leasing out the port of Hambantota for 99 years.
China’s control over the port in Hambantota has even raised concerns in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka granted the Hambantota port to the Chinese on a 99-year lease but is now facing the brunt of repaying the debt. According to the Sri Lankan citizens, they do not have any issues with handing over the port but oppose the fact that the leaders use it for personal benefit.
Initially, the Chinese government demanded 80 per cent of the port land share, including full security control. But, upon receiving pressure from the neighbouring countries, including India, the Chinese government agreed to a 70 per cent share.
Currently, Sri Lanka is grappling with food and electricity shortages, affecting many people. Such an economic crisis has forced Sri Lanka to seek help from its neighbouring countries to provide them with basic amenities. (ANI)