US sanctions may put China’s Sri Lanka challenge in hassle

Sandeep Dikshit

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 28

The US’ first-ever sanctioning of Chinese firms concerned in constructing synthetic islands in South China Sea could have an effect on the destiny of a number of of Beijing’s under-construction One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiatives together with the strategically-sensitive Port City Colombo challenge.

India and different Western international locations have tried in useless to dissuade Sri Lanka from handing over the Colombo Port City challenge in its south-west to China. Chinese firms had earlier accomplished the Hambantota port within the south-east. This has helped China set up lookouts on each flanks of Sri Lanka overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Things are prone to change after the US sanctioned 24 Chinese firms, which suggests US firms can’t do enterprise with them. Sources mentioned a few of the Chinese firms are in tie-ups with US corporations as subcontractors and tools suppliers within the Colombo Port City challenge and it appears unlikely that they may get a particular waiver.

If this primary financial strike by an government fiat turns into regulation, sources count on the laws to be extra well-rounded since there’s bipartisan political consensus within the US on containing China. This means a future regulation may even bar third nation firms from partnering with Chinese firms. This chance is excessive after studies quoted US officers as saying that the sanctioned mom firm CCCC is the “Huawei of Construction.” This would additional cripple Chinese development exercise in different international locations except their leaders resolve to defy the US, they added.

Sri Lanka’s involvement with Chinese firms had begun beneath Mahinda Rajapaksa as President. Rajapaksa is again and extra politically highly effective after his brother comprehensively received the Presidential elections and he helmed the sweep of the Parliamentary polls.

Though Rajapaksa has ensured that diplomatic civility has guided India-Sri Lanka ties, he has made no transfer to accommodate Indian pursuits by opening a port on the northern coast or allocating oil blocks within the frequent waters separating the 2 nations.

Sources mentioned if the US sanctions collect tempo, not simply Colombo Port City however different infrastructure initiatives in Myanmar and Thailand, that trigger South Block unease, could seize-up and may very well be up for grabs. In this respect, they referred to strikes by Japan which has arrange a mega fund for initiatives in Asia Pacific and the US that has created a brand new abroad infrastructure funding organisation which may fill the breach.

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