The island nation of Sri Lanka is facing one of the worst economic crisis, skyrocketing inflation, food shortages and weak government finances. This has been an outcome of a sharp rise in foreign debt since 2010, reaching 88 percent of the country’s GDP in 2019, causing a severe economic crisis.
China’s protracted lobbying efforts aimed at blocking international development assistance to smaller countries exposes its bullying behavior. For firming up its iron grip over such countries, China lures them with debt financing linked with superfluous and unviable infrastructure projects. After these projects get stuck or shelved because of their inherent problems or motivated approach of the financer, the leftover debt imprint is too overwhelming for the vulnerable client countries.