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China becomes wild card in Sri Lanka's debt crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China says its initiative to build ports and other infrastructure across Asia and Africa, paid for with Chinese loans, will boost trade. But in a cautionary tale for borrower...

Sri Lankan power family falls from grace as economy tanks

NEW DELHI (AP) — With one brother president, another prime minister and three more family members cabinet ministers, it appeared that the Rajapaksa clan had consolidated its grip on power in Sri Lanka...

Australia names full-strength squads for Sri Lanka tour

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia will be at close to full strength for all three legs of its Sri Lankan tour as 34 players were named Friday for the all-format matches in June and July. ...

China's security deal with Solomons raises alarm in Pacific

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A security alliance between China and the Solomon Islands has sent shudders throughout the South Pacific, with many worried it could set off a large-scale military build...

Solomon Islands won't allow Chinese military base, says PM's office

Amid a regional backlash, the Solomon Islands said it would not allow a Chinese military base in the Pacific islands nation despite its plans to sign a security pact with Beijing. A day after offic...

China mulls package to ease Sri Lanka's economic crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China’s ambassador to Sri Lanka said Monday it is considering a request for $2.5 billion in assistance to help the island nation through a debt and foreign currency crisis. ...

Sri Lanka seeks Chinese debt restructuring amid crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The president of debt-ridden Sri Lanka on Sunday asked China for the restructuring of its loans and access to preferential credit for imports of essential goods, as the islan...

Sri Lanka grants another port deal to China in Colombo

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Sri Lanka has decided to grant a Chinese company a contract for a port project it had previously awarded to India and Japan. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa sai...

Best bowing figures in T20 World Cup history

6-8_Ajantha Mendis, Sri Lanka vs. Zimbabwe, Hambantota, 2012 5-3_Rangana Herath, Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand, Chattogram, 2014 5-6_Umar Gul, Pakistan vs. New Zealand,...

Alarm in India as Chinese projects edge closer to country’s border with Sri Lanka

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Alarm bells are sounding within New Delhi policy circles as Chinese infrastructure projects push north toward the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. India’s...

Is China using COVID aid to increase influence in Sri Lanka?

Over the past few months, China has been boosting its vaccine diplomacy efforts, pledging and shipping increasing numbers of COVID vaccines to a number of countries worldwide, particularly in Asia. ...

Ali tests positive for virus as England arrives in Sri Lanka

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (AP) — England cricket allrounder Moeen Ali is self-isolating for 10 days after testing positive for the coronavirus, the national team said Monday, a day after the squad arrived...

England returning to Sri Lanka for 2-test cricket tour

LONDON (AP) — England will return to Sri Lanka for a rearranged two-test cricket tour in January, 10 months after leaving the Asian country as the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold. ...

India to bolster navy, counter Chinese Indian Ocean expansion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — New Delhi aims to bolster its naval capabilities and increase cooperation with other like-minded democracies to counter Beijing’s growing assertiveness. India is ...

1 missing, 1 injured in fire on oil tanker near Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A fire broke out on an oil tanker off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka on Thursday, leaving one of its 23 crew members missing and another injured, a navy spokesman said. ...