Category Archives: China and Chinese influences

Sri Lanka at Hub of Indian Ocean Rim Association

Editor, News-in-Asia,  7 September 2018, where the title reads Terms of Reference for setting up Indian Ocean Rim Association Working Group on Maritime Security finalized”

The member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) met in Colombo on  September 4 and 5 and finalized the Terms of Reference (ToR) to set up a  Working Group on Maritime Safety and Security. At the 17th Council of Ministers held in Durban, South Africa in 2017, it was decided that Sri Lanka will coordinate the implementation of the IORA Action Plan 2017-2021 on Maritime Safety and Security that includes, amongst others, the establishment of the Working Group on Maritime Safety and Security.

 Map showing the Indian Ocean Rim Association states in dark green and the Dialogue Partners in light green; Source Wikipedia

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under centre-periphery relations, China and Chinese influences, economic processes, Indian Ocean politics, landscape wondrous, modernity & modernization, politIcal discourse, power politics, sri lankan society, world events & processes

More Investments in the North Envisaged

Editor, News-in-Asia, 3 September 2018, with the title is as fololws  “Sri Lanka to set up more investments in north to create more jobs”

Sri Lanka to set up more investments in north to create more jobs

Colombo, Sept 3 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s  state run Board of Investment (BOI), that oversees all foreign direct investment into the country, on Monday said 14 new projects would be implemented in the island’s former war torn north in order to strengthen the island’s economy and boost employment.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under charitable outreach, China and Chinese influences, economic processes, foreign policy, governance, historical interpretation, island economy, modernity & modernization, politIcal discourse, reconciliation, rehabilitation, Sinhala-Tamil Relations, sri lankan society, welfare & philanthophy, world events & processes

Repression of Uighurs in China: Why Islamic States are Silent

Alexandra Ma, in UK Business Insider, 17 August 2018, where  the title runs Why the Muslim world isn’t saying anything about China’s repression and ‘cultural cleansing’ of its downtrodden Muslim minority”

China’s crackdown on its Uighur citizens, a mostly-Muslim ethnic minority group, has faced heavy international scrutiny in recent months. In August the United Nations said it was “deeply concerned” by reports that China had forced as many as 1 million Uighurs into internment camps in Xinjiang, western China. In April, the US State Department said it had heard of Uighurs who had “disappeared” or were unexpectedly detained.

Meanwhile, Muslim countries have been deafeningly silent.

 Map showing the projects subsumed under the Belt and Road Initiative as of December 2015. Reuters

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, centre-periphery relations, China and Chinese influences, commoditification, disparagement, foreign policy, growth pole, historical interpretation, human rights, life stories, politIcal discourse, power politics, press freedom & censorship, transport and communications, truth as casualty of war, world events & processes

CIA Network Identified and Eliminated in China

Zach Dorfman, in Foreign Policy, 15 August 2018, where the title runs thus: Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents”

It was considered one of the CIA’s worst failures in decades: Over a two-year period starting in late 2010, Chinese authorities systematically dismantled the agency’s network of agents across the country, executing dozens of suspected U.S. spies. But since then, a question has loomed over the entire debacle. How were the Chinese able to roll up the network?

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, american imperialism, authoritarian regimes, China and Chinese influences, economic processes, governance, landscape wondrous, security, the imaginary and the real, unusual people, world events & processes

Digs for Ancient Chinese Artefacts in Jaffna and South

Zhang Kun, in China Daily … taken up by News-in-Asia, 16 August 2018, where the title is “Sino-Lankan archaeologists look for Chinese artifacts buried in Jaffna”

Archaeologists from the Shanghai Museum embarked on a 40-day excavation mission to Sri Lanka on Monday. The group will be working in ancient ruins in Jaffna alongside representatives from the Central Cultural Fund and a local university in Sri Lanka.

the archeologists’ team from the Shanghai Museum

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under China and Chinese influences, cultural transmission, landscape wondrous, life stories, sri lankan society, teaching profession, transport and communications, world events & processes

Chinese Alibaba to retail Sri Lankan Tourist Potential in China

Editor, NEWS-in-Asia, 13 August 2018, whose title is Sri Lanka to ink agreement with China’s Alibaba to attract more tourists

Colombo, Aug 14 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) will ink an agreement with Alibaba’s travel arm, Fliggy, to bring down 1,000 travelers weekly to Sri Lanka in order to expand the island’s growing tourism sector, Daily FT quoted Tourism Minister John Amaratunga on Tuesday.

high jinks at Bentota beach

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under China and Chinese influences, commoditification, ethnicity, growth pole, heritage, historical interpretation, island economy, landscape wondrous, life stories, modernity & modernization, sri lankan society, tourism, transport and communications, travelogue, world events & processes

Pakistan’s Recent Experience reveals Benefits from China’s Belt & Road Initiative for Sri Lanka

Editor’s Item, News-in-Asia, 28 July 2018, where the title runs Chief of Sri Lanka’s largest business chamber says China’s BRI an opportunity, not a threat”

Colombo, July 28 – China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), trade and infrastructure initiatives and investments in Sri Lanka’s ports could be seen as an opportunity and not a threat, the Economy Next quoting head of Sri Lanka’s biggest business chamber said.

ajendra TheagaRrajah, Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said Sri Lankan businesses could not afford to ignore the evolving international trade patterns and the most visible of the two or three which are currently happening around Sri Lanka is the Maritime Silk Road initiative of China.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under accountability, authoritarian regimes, China and Chinese influences, economic processes, growth pole, historical interpretation, Indian Ocean politics, landscape wondrous, modernity & modernization, politIcal discourse, power politics, transport and communications, truth as casualty of war, world events & processes