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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby chetak » 10 Jul 2018 21:36

pankajs wrote:^
I am highly skeptical about "this" checkmate.


The SLs moving their naval southern command to the hambantota port is an interesting development. It means that the SLs are moving to contain the damage caused by the previous regime and it will leave the hans unhappy to have SL naval ships positioned permanently in the port and openly watching their every move.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby vinod » 10 Jul 2018 21:50

Why didn't the Chinese take the airport when it was offered to them????

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby Supratik » 10 Jul 2018 22:03

Both India and China now have one lemon each in their hand. It is geo-strategic rather than economic viability. Perhaps SL new govt wanted to balance it out. But there may be more lemons as SL still has other massive Chinese debts.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby chetak » 10 Jul 2018 22:18

vinod wrote:Why didn't the Chinese take the airport when it was offered to them????


Haven't they got many thousands of acres in the port area free??

They can easily build themselves an airport right there if needed.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby vinod » 11 Jul 2018 14:00

chetak wrote:
vinod wrote:Why didn't the Chinese take the airport when it was offered to them????


Haven't they got many thousands of acres in the port area free??

They can easily build themselves an airport right there if needed.


I don't know about the contract details, but I doubt they can build an airport just like that without SL's consent. I was thinking of probably a simpler explanation; China was probably holding out to extract more favourable terms from SL but India was offered and took it up. Just speculating....

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby Philip » 11 Jul 2018 14:39

The Chins are more interested in acquiring vast acres of land and a port that can sustain their warships and subs.It would be hugely provocative if SL were to allow a Chin. mil. base on its soil.There would be a huge outcry within SL itself.The ambiguity of the deal has forced the GOSL to move its navy into HTota from Galle even though its CG base at Kirinda is close by,just next door.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby nam » 11 Jul 2018 15:23

The chinese must be taking over the port to make a logistics hub. PLAN vessels may not be allowed to berth, however nothing preventing support vessels from berthing and loading up supplies for PLAN vessels waiting in the international waters.

Like they have their hotel ship trailing their carriers, they will have large "civilian" vessels loading up at the port and "exporting" to the PLAN vessels in IOR.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby krisna » 11 Jul 2018 15:47

At present time, china does not have the capability to do any mischief far away from their mainland. Yes they may develop in future with their growing economy and military might. But the same time span will also help to grow stronger in similar terms. So it is easier for India being nearer SL than china.

However it all hinges on Indian growth.
meanwhile SL should also grow its economy and do what it can.


sometimes wonder if any SL guy :D sometime in near future wins elections and scrap the deal with china- what will happen then??
Will china wage a war against SL!! :oops:

This can be a low cost options for some esp SL who are in debt trap. :P

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby pankajs » 22 Jul 2018 17:01

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri- ... SKBN1KC0D8
China's Xi offers fresh $295 million grant to Sri Lanka in push for dominance
President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, a partner in Beijing’s multi-country Belt and Road infrastructure push, made the announcement on Saturday at a ceremony to mark the start of construction of a Chinese-funded kidney hospital in his home constituency of Polonnaruwa, 230 km (142.92 miles) from capital Colombo.

When the Chinese ambassador visited my house to fix the date for this ceremony, he said that Chinese President Xi Jinping sent me another gift,” Sirisena told the gathering.

He has gifted 2 billion yuan to be utilized for any project of my wish. I’m going to hand over a proposal to the Chinese ambassador to build houses in all the electorates in the country,” he added.

Reuters could not immediately contact officials from the Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka for comment.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby pankajs » 25 Jul 2018 17:41

http://colombogazette.com/2018/07/23/ch ... t-frigate/
China to boost military ties with Sri Lanka and gift frigate
Senior Colonel Xu Jianwei of the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said that this year China will continue to provide various training courses for the Sri Lankan tri-forces, to complete building a Chinese-funded auditorium complex at the Sri Lanka Military Academy, and make preparations to hand over a gift frigate to the Sri Lanka Navy.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby pankajs » 12 Sep 2018 17:02

https://twitter.com/cold_peace_/status/ ... 1304894464
Jeff M. Smith @Cold_Peace_

With his party eyeing a return to power, Rajapaksa is in India to make amends. Blames past problems with Modi gov't on "misunderstandings."
Blames Sirisena gov't for everything else, including Chinese debt, and the Hambantota & Colombo deals he negotiated.

https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/interv ... epage=true

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby pankajs » 12 Sep 2018 17:24

Embedded video interview

http://sniwire.com/neighbours/i-am-look ... rajapaksa/
I am Looking for Goodwill From India, Says Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is in India at the invitation of BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy to deliver a talk in Delhi. His visit, coming nearly four years after his unexpected ouster, has fuelled speculation about a possible thaw between him and the current Indian government. Nitin A. Gokhale chatted with him on Tuesday.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby chetak » 12 Sep 2018 21:19

pankajs wrote:Embedded video interview

http://sniwire.com/neighbours/i-am-look ... rajapaksa/
I am Looking for Goodwill From India, Says Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is in India at the invitation of BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy to deliver a talk in Delhi. His visit, coming nearly four years after his unexpected ouster, has fuelled speculation about a possible thaw between him and the current Indian government. Nitin A. Gokhale chatted with him on Tuesday.


once their national testimonials are clamped tight in a chinese nut cracker, why won't he "Look for Goodwill From India"??.

The SLs played us very easily in the past and will, even more easily, do so again in the future.

Surely, there are many aspects of the SL china deal not made public in deference to and also in keeping with the shy and retiring chinese personality.

Just like in paki CPEC deal.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby Philip » 13 Sep 2018 18:16

China is now entering the north and hill country building houses,etc. in Tamil enclaves of the island,a deliberate plot to neutralise the Indian influence over the Tamil ethnic minorities.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby chetak » 13 Sep 2018 18:34

Philip wrote:China is now entering the north and hill country building houses,etc. in Tamil enclaves of the island,a deliberate plot to neutralise the Indian influence over the Tamil ethnic minorities.


There seems to be some issue here, saar.

The Sl tamils want brick houses and the chinese are only willing to build cement houses or vice versa.

India may be back in the house building game. after all.

https://www.news18.com/news/world/china-wants-to-build-houses-roads-in-former-ltte-bastion-to-extend-sway-in-sri-lanka-1855639.html

In April, state-run China Railway Beijing Engineering Group Co Ltd won a more than $300 million project to build 40,000 houses in the northern district of Jaffna. China's Exim bank was to provide the financing.

But the project has been halted after residents demanded brick houses instead of the concrete structures planned by the Chinese firm, saying they preferred their traditional dwellings.

That has given an opportunity for China's old rival India to step in. MA Sumanthiran, a legislator from the regional Tamil National Alliance, said authorities had opened negotiations with India for the housing project.


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Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby Peregrine » 18 Sep 2018 01:47

Strategic move: AAI to develop Palaly airport in Sri Lanka - Indrani Bagchi & Saurabh Sinha

NEW DELHI: State-run (AAI) will now develop airports abroad, like its private counterparts GMR and GVK. AAI will develop an airport in Sri Lanka’s Palally Airport in Sri Lanks a strategic area for India.

“AAI has signed an agreement with (Indian) ministry of external affairs for preparation of detailed project report for development of Palaly Airport in Sri Lanka. Considering AAI’s expertise and capabilities in airport development and operation management, the authority wants to go global. AAI has developed more than 60 airports in metros and non metros in India and now wants to leverage its expertise to other countries on a bigger scale,” an AAI official said.

“Palaly is in Jaffna in the north — Tamil territory. India had earlier promised to develop Palaly airport which has been a demand by the northern province for some time. The airport will be Sri Lanka's first in the north, give the northern people direct connectivity with places like south India, Malaysia and Thailand. India has also offered to develop the Kankesanthurai airport also in the north, as well as the Mattala international airport in south Sri Lanka, abutting the Chinese developed Hambantota port,” said a person in the know.

“After the Sri Lankan war was over in 2009, India has been involved in the reconstruction and redevelopment of the northern province. However, as China became one of the largest developers of critical infrastructure in Sri Lanka, it forced India to speed up its own development assistance.

Palaly is important due to the fact that it is in the sensitive Tamil-dominated northern province, traditionally closer to India. By developing critical infrastructure here, India is also keeping a foothold in this part of Sri Lanka,” the person cited above added.

The agreement for Palaly was recently signed by AAI’s executive director (land management and business development) Anil Gupta and MEA’s joint secretary Sanjay Panda.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby Manish_P » 20 Sep 2018 11:44

Sri Lankan student charged with terror offences in Sydney

Star Sri Lankan student Mohamed Kamer Nilan Nizamdeen allegedly planned to attack a hit list of "symbolic" individuals and landmarks across Sydney in an ISIS-inspired lone-wolf terror attack that was foiled on Thursday when a co-worker stumbled across the list and alerted police.


Mr Nizamdeen, 25, was arrested by police in dramatic raids on his office high above the University of New South Wales on Thursday, after a colleague in the university’s IT business team found a notebook allegedly containing details of an "ISIS-affiliated" terrorist plot planned for the Harbour City in the next few months.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby Philip » 20 Sep 2018 12:48

The Chinese have a long-term plan to subvert Sl Tamils to their cause.They know that India's influence in the island is mainly with the Tamil communities there.Therefore....

Act 1.Thousands of houses being built for northern Tamils.

Act 2.10 Chinese students have supposedly enrolled themselves into university in Chennai to study Tamil!

Act 3..wait for the next episode in wooing Tamils both in SL and in India.The huge propaganda exercise in glorifying Sanskrit going on , but ignoring equally or even more ancient Tamil, is not lost upon hard-core Dravidian
entities.Scratch the surface in Tamilnadu and Dravidian resentment at " Hindi imperialism" readily surfaces.The Karnataka govt. eradicating road signs in Hindi not too long ago shows that the south is vulnerable to external influence and mischief.The Eelam wars were not too long ago and Chin mischief amongst the Tamil civilisation of South Asia could be ond of its methods of countering its weaknesses in the IOR.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby chetak » 23 Sep 2018 14:51

Swamy accuses Sonia, PC of nexus with LTTE



Swamy accuses Sonia, PC of nexus with LTTE

Saturday, 22 September 2018 | Kumar Chellappan | CHENNAI



In a disclosure which could have repercussions across the political spectrum in the country, senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy stated on Friday that Sonia Gandhi, the then Congress president, P Chidambaram, the then Union Home Minister and Velupillai Prabhakaran, the chief of the dreaded Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were hand in glove with each other.

In a message posted on his micro-blogging platform, Swamy said Chidambaram had sent a message to Prabhakaran during the 2009 battle (which saw the annihilation of the LTTE) to await Indian Navy to come to rescue him. “Navy did come but it was Sri Lankan Navy. Prabhakaran walked out of the jungle into the beach thinking it was the Indian Navy and hence was killed,” said Swamy in his posting.

He also said that PC (Chidambaram) had sent the message to Prabhakaran at the behest of TDK (the abbreviation usually used by Swamy to describe Sonia Gandhi) during the final days of the May 2009 war.

He said the Indian Navy ship which was expected to reach the theatre of war did not leave Indian shores because of stiff Opposition from highest authorities. “Prabhakaran could not be informed by the Congress leadership about the change of plan,” said Swamy.

Swamy’s disclosure comes immediately after the visit of Mahinda Rajapaksa, former president of Sri Lanka to New Delhi at the invitation of Swamy. Rajapaksa, who was the President of Sri Lanka during the civil war of May 2009, had told Prashant Tiwari of The Pioneer in an exclusive interview that the Governments of India and Sri Lanka had worked in tandem in the 2009 civil war in the island nation which resulted in the annihilation of the dreaded Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a terrorist organisation.

“We had a mechanism during the war (against the LTTE in 2009) called the Troika, where three officials from both sides (India and Sri Lanka ) were able to discuss any issue, even in the middle of the night,” said Rajapaksa. Experts are of the view that the Troika had played a major role in scuttling the move to save Prabhakaran.

According to Rajapaksa, three high officials from Sri Lanka and India were deputed for regular exchange of information to facilitate proper coordination during the operation against the LTTE terrorists during the month of May 2009. “This was known as Troika System and these officials met even in the middle of the night. What we need is a system like this in our economic cooperation also,” Rajapaksa had said.

This is in stark contrast to the claims by the DMK, then an important ally of the UPA Governnment led by Manmohan Singh. Karunanidhi, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu had said that the Centre had told him that the operation by the Sri Lankan Government was only to nab LTTE chief Prabhakaran and India had no role in the military operations.

The AIADMK on Friday declared that it would launch a massive agitation all over Tamil Nadu on September 25 to highlight how the DMK had betrayed Tamils all over the world because of its “complicity” in the civil war.

Karunanidhi in the company of his two wives had staged a “two-hour long fast” at Marina Beach questioning the then Union Government’s complicity in the civil war in Sri Lanka and had called it off following assurances from the Centre that it had no role in the military operations. The LTTE had used innocent Tamils as human shields to save the LTTE chief Prabhakaran and his henchmen from the Sri Lankan army.

K P Munusamy , the AIADMK strongman told reporters at Chennai on Friday that the disclosure by Rajapaksa proved that the DMK too was engaged in the killing of Tamils in northern Sri Lanka during May 2009. “The Indian Government was offering military assistance to the Sri Lankan Government in the attack against the LTTE. The DMK is responsible for thousands of Tamils who got killed in the war,” said Munusamy.


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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby Philip » 23 Sep 2018 15:41

Yes, the GOI and TN politicos were complicit in the destruction of the LTTE...and thank goodness for that!
Assassinating an Indian PM calls for the most extreme action against the perpetrators.The LTTE spurned and double-crossed all those moderate Lankan leaders who were trying to work out an equitable political settlement.Prabhakaran wiped out the entire Tamil TULF political leadership, all his rival militant groups and their leaders, assassinated apart from Rajiv the Lankan pres. Premadasa who secretly gave him arms to fight the IPKF, 3 seniormost Lankan ministers ( Ranjan Wijeyaratne, Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake) the two former were defence ministers, the navy chief, Clancy Fernando, Lakshman Kadirgamar- the Lankan Tamil foreign minister and almost succeeded in assassinating President Chandrika who lost an eye in the attack.She had been tirelessly working for a peace deal with a new constitution being drawn up by the leading Tamil politico, Neelam Tiruchelvam who was deliberately assassinated by the LTTE psycopath, fuhrer Prabhakaran to prevent such a happening.

Apart from these well known individuals, umpteen bomb blasts killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians , the international airport was attacked killing foreigners too and the LTTE apart from killing around 3000 of our IPKF soldiers also provided arms to rebels in our NEast, also colluding with the Pakis to wage war against Indian interests.I was in Colombo just minutes after the last LTTE bombing at the Nippon hotel and in town the day fuhrer P was exterminated with extreme prejudice.The roar and cheers that greeted the news from HQ (a few hours before it was publically announced ) at a favourite watering hole is still fresh in the memory.

Karunanidhi richly deserves the Bharat Ratna for allowing the GOI to assist the GOSL in exterminating the LTTE down to the last man anx preventing pro- LTTE turmoil in Tamilnadu. Extremist Tamil seperatism that reared its ugly head with Eelamists like Vaiko and co. was dealt a fatal blow with the extermination of the LTTE and its fuhrer despite last minute diplomatic attempts by its western ( secret) spondors to allow the top LTTE leadership to be evacuated to escape and continue their mayhem from the safety oc a western country..

One must also place on record the signal efforts of ABV to curtail the LTTE.He prevented the Sea Tigers from being recognised as an " international navy", by reading out the riot act to it and stating that " India recognised only one navy in Lanka, the SLN."The LTTE was trying to get intl. recognition by first getting the Sea Tigers recognised.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby mappunni » 19 Oct 2018 02:06

Hmmm slowly but surely India is undoing Chinese influence.

Sri Lanka reverses $300m China housing deal as PM visits India
An Indian firm stands to make $210m after Sri Lank reverses its decision to give a large contract to a Chinese business.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/sri-lanka-reverses-300m-china-housing-deal-pm-visits-india-181018121046722.html

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby chetak » 24 Oct 2018 18:13

mappunni wrote:Hmmm slowly but surely India is undoing Chinese influence.

Sri Lanka reverses $300m China housing deal as PM visits India
An Indian firm stands to make $210m after Sri Lank reverses its decision to give a large contract to a Chinese business.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/sri-lanka-reverses-300m-china-housing-deal-pm-visits-india-181018121046722.html



This is like buying stale popcorn during the interval when watching a really bad movie.

What next, after this?? a contract to clean the footpaths in colombo??

the hans are deeply entrenched and will not budge. They may be somewhat contained but they will not vacate.

the Sls are back at their old game of squeezing money out of India under various pretexts and are now playing off the hans against us.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby mappunni » 25 Oct 2018 09:58

chetak wrote:This is like buying stale popcorn during the interval when watching a really bad movie.

What next, after this?? a contract to clean the footpaths in Colombo??

the Hans are deeply entrenched and will not budge. They may be somewhat contained but they will not vacate.

the Sls are back at their old game of squeezing money out of India under various pretexts and are now playing off the Hans against us.


Chetakji,
But Han's are being squeezed hard by the US sanctions. Many labour-intensive works like clothing, shoes have totally shifted out of China to Vietnam and other SE Asian countries. Its just matter of time before others move out due to multiple factors.

China cannot sustain throwing around their money at this rate. Many well-off Chinese are moving their money out of China by hook or crook.

The sanctions were just a long rope for China to get itself twisted in knots. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby chetak » 25 Oct 2018 10:10

mappunni wrote:
chetak wrote:This is like buying stale popcorn during the interval when watching a really bad movie.

What next, after this?? a contract to clean the footpaths in Colombo??

the Hans are deeply entrenched and will not budge. They may be somewhat contained but they will not vacate.

the Sls are back at their old game of squeezing money out of India under various pretexts and are now playing off the Hans against us.


Chetakji,
But Han's are being squeezed hard by the US sanctions. Many labour-intensive works like clothing, shoes have totally shifted out of China to Vietnam and other SE Asian countries. Its just matter of time before others move out due to multiple factors.

China cannot sustain throwing around their money at this rate. Many well-off Chinese are moving their money out of China by hook or crook.

The sanctions were just a long rope for China to get itself twisted in knots. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


mappunni saar,

The sanctions are a passing phase and of course, it will cause damage to the hans which was the main purpose anyway.

However rough it gets, the hans will ride it out, one way or another, make changes economically etc but their core military interests will not suffer from lack of funding. They will undoubtedly be stretched, they will slow down non core funding but projects like hambanthota will not be touched.

The hans do not want to get into "housing" projects and such other gumf like India does. There is no ROI here.

The hans are more the highway, railway, airport, sea port kind of guys where a tangible ROI and, in lieu of the wilfully desired/enginered payment default, the potential for long term take over of the ownership of the project exists and also the potential for revenue generation and/or along with a military objective.

These plans of theirs have been in the pipeline for decades and are only now becoming visible to the rest of the world. The amerikis have also waited from maybe two or more presidencies before trump to lay the foundation and to hit back and undermine the han plans.

It makes me wonder if Trump wasn't actually a deep state project, after all.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby chetak » 25 Oct 2018 21:48

Lanka's former top counter-terror official arrested over alleged plot to kill Sirisena


An Indian national named Merceli Thomas is currently under detention in Sri Lanka for his alleged involvement in the plot. He had visited Kumara's home raising suspicions.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby mappunni » 25 Oct 2018 22:34

chetak wrote:
mappunni saar,

The sanctions are a passing phase and of course, it will cause damage to the hans which was the main purpose anyway.

However rough it gets, the hans will ride it out, one way or another, make changes economically etc but their core military interests will not suffer from lack of funding. They will undoubtedly be stretched, they will slow down non core funding but projects like hambanthota will not be touched.

The hans do not want to get into "housing" projects and such other gumf like India does. There is no ROI here.

The hans are more the highway, railway, airport, sea port kind of guys where a tangible ROI and, in lieu of the wilfully desired/enginered payment default, the potential for long term take over of the ownership of the project exists and also the potential for revenue generation and/or along with a military objective.

These plans of theirs have been in the pipeline for decades and are only now becoming visible to the rest of the world. The amerikis have also waited from maybe two or more presidencies before trump to lay the foundation and to hit back and undermine the han plans.

It makes me wonder if Trump wasn't actually a deep state project, after all.


Chetak Saar,
I doubt the sanctions are going to be a pass. Mid-term elections will decide the course on whether the Republicans will retain the house and senate.

With Trump Administration officials forcefully coming out against sanctions, I doubt any international lender will lend money to the affected countries, even if they do so it will require a full disclosure. The American administration didn't realize the monster they created themselves by encouraging the Han's.

Still don't think it is too late.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby chetak » 25 Oct 2018 23:16

mappunni wrote:
chetak wrote:
mappunni saar,

The sanctions are a passing phase and of course, it will cause damage to the hans which was the main purpose anyway.

However rough it gets, the hans will ride it out, one way or another, make changes economically etc but their core military interests will not suffer from lack of funding. They will undoubtedly be stretched, they will slow down non core funding but projects like hambanthota will not be touched.

The hans do not want to get into "housing" projects and such other gumf like India does. There is no ROI here.

The hans are more the highway, railway, airport, sea port kind of guys where a tangible ROI and, in lieu of the wilfully desired/enginered payment default, the potential for long term take over of the ownership of the project exists and also the potential for revenue generation and/or along with a military objective.

These plans of theirs have been in the pipeline for decades and are only now becoming visible to the rest of the world. The amerikis have also waited from maybe two or more presidencies before trump to lay the foundation and to hit back and undermine the han plans.

It makes me wonder if Trump wasn't actually a deep state project, after all.


Chetak Saar,
I doubt the sanctions are going to be a pass. Mid-term elections will decide the course on whether the Republicans will retain the house and senate.

With Trump Administration officials forcefully coming out against sanctions, I doubt any international lender will lend money to the affected countries, even if they do so it will require a full disclosure. The American administration didn't realize the monster they created themselves by encouraging the Han's.

Still don't think it is too late.


I meant that the sanctions are a passing phase and will eventually die out, one way or another.

The American administration didn't realize the monster they created themselves by encouraging the Han's.


Could you please elaborate on the above, saar??

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby ArjunPandit » 26 Oct 2018 21:18

Rajapakse sworn in as pm of sl. Interesting timing by chinese

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby rohan1424 » 26 Oct 2018 21:42

Mahinda Rajapaksa becomes new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka amid political drama

In a dramatic political development in Sri Lanka, former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa was on Friday sworn in as the new prime
minister by President Maithripala Sirisena after his party abruptly quit the ruling coalition.Visuals of the former president Rajapaksa taking oath as the premier were released to media and was shown on TV channels.

The sudden development came after Sirisena's broader political front United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) announced that it has decided
to quit the current unity government with prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP).

Mahinda Amaraweera, agriculture minister and the general secretary of the UPFA, told reporters that the UPFA decision has been conveyed to Parliament.The unity government was formed in 2015 when Sirisena was elected President with Wickremesinghe's support, ending a
nearly decade-long rule by Rajapaksa.Sirisena, who was Rajapaksa's minister of health, broke away from him to contest the presidential elections.
Political analysts said Sirisena's move to install Rajapaksa as the prime minister could lead to a constitutional crisis as the 19th amendment to the Constitution would not allow the sacking of Wickremesinghe as the premier without a majority.Rajapaksa and Sirisena combine has only 95 seats and is short of a simple majority. Wickremesinghe's UNP has 106 seats on its own with just seven short of the majority.

There was no immediate comment from Wickremesinghe or the UNP

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby Dumal » 26 Oct 2018 22:24

ArjunPandit wrote:Rajapakse sworn in as pm of sl. Interesting timing by chinese


For what it’s worth he was in India in Aug-Sep and our folks must have used the opportunity to get him on the same page as us. Who knows, maybe this was expected?

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Postby ArjunPandit » 27 Oct 2018 00:41

Yes, at that time I was wondering what's he doing in Delhi with sub Swamy welcoming him posters. It's possible that the 99 year lease thing by this govt is being responded too. There were news articles of current pm saying assassination plans by our RAW in a cabinet meeting, later denied of course.

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Postby Supratik » 27 Oct 2018 00:50

This is a Chinese move.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby Tuan » 27 Oct 2018 05:08

Supratik wrote:This is a Chinese move.


No one wants to reopen the old wounds, but I believe the way forward for India is either connect Sri Lanka with a bridge or establish Tamil Eelam with the help of UN.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby chetak » 27 Oct 2018 09:51

Tuan wrote:
Supratik wrote:This is a Chinese move.


No one wants to reopen the old wounds, but I believe the way forward for India is either connect Sri Lanka with a bridge or establish Tamil Eelam with the help of UN.



or mind its own business, which is the best option of all.

A bit of commerce, some trade and some tooing and froing as has been done all along will work just fine. Limit it to just that.

no point in willfully creating another greedy and entitled beedi or pukiland on our southern borders.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby chetak » 27 Oct 2018 10:39

Dumal wrote:
ArjunPandit wrote:Rajapakse sworn in as pm of sl. Interesting timing by chinese


For what it’s worth he was in India in Aug-Sep and our folks must have used the opportunity to get him on the same page as us. Who knows, maybe this was expected?


He came specifically to seek India's blessing and concurrence. Things will eventually reveal themselves. Swamy played a big role in this.

he would not have come without a green light from dilli.

the matter must have been under discussions for months before this and that is also evidenced by the fact that decisive changes took place so quickly after his visit.

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby Dumal » 27 Oct 2018 11:42

This http://news.rediff.com/commentary/2018/oct/27/amid-political-drama-in-lanka-us-urges-parties-to-follow-constitution/8d9a1a5130dd76358d7ea4c6a5cb4292
And this
http://news.rediff.com/commentary/2018/oct/27/chinese-bribing-leadership-in-countries-to-bag-infra-projects-pompeo/27e9f59105a341af9bbcab76bc05dafe

And the timing of these statements suggest to me that there must have been some Chinese meddling that must have precipitated the changes?

Also, SuSwamy can be extremely self-centered and self-promoting in all he says and does. Is it possible he has a role in this but not one that is in our national interest?

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby Supratik » 28 Oct 2018 00:09

It is now clearly a China backed coup.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... ter-sacked

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby SSridhar » 28 Oct 2018 05:42

Supratik wrote:It is now clearly a China backed coup.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... ter-sacked

So, what happened to the Wuhan spirit? What happened to the '2+1' formula? What happened to Panch Sheel?

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Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

Postby ArjunPandit » 28 Oct 2018 08:10

Suswamy tweeted that rajapakse called him. While not absolving Chinese, let's wait and watch


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