Sisira Jayasuriya eviscerates Ranjan De Silva

Sisira Jayasuriya ** in Email Memo to Thuppahi

Brigadier Ranjan De Silva’s Memo is a gross misrepresentation of the facts.
China did not grab the port and the land because the government could not pay back ‘the loan taken’. The government leased the port to the Chinese to raise cash to pay the loans taken from the capital markets through international sovereign bonds.

The debt crisis is primarily due to the government [here referring to the several governments from, say, 2012 onewards?] borrowing short term high interest funds from capital markets. Chinese debts (however wastefully used by the government) are only around 10% of total debts (a bit less than from Japan and marginally more expensive) whereas ISBs constitute half the foreign debt and the dominant portion of impending repayment obligations.
These facts have been distorted to suit the US narrative of a China debt trap. Repetition of the story, despite numerous serious analysts pointing out the facts, has now made it a ‘fact. It’s a Gobbelsian lie. Check the data on composition of Sri Lanka’s foreign debt!

Read the detailed analysis of this story by a reputed American scholar at  …. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2021/02/china-debt-trap-diplomacy/617953/ or 

I am giving this US scholar’s reference because several analyses of this issue by independent Sri Lankan economists do not seem to have the slightest impact on people who can’t be bothered to look the facts and figures – the tragedy of Sri Lankan policy making more generally! But if interested in the facts, see an item carried on this site:

ALSO note …..
** Sisira Jayasuriya was one of the Marxist student leaders at Peradeniya University in the early 1970s when I was a Lecturer in the Department of History. He took up a post in the Economics Dept at Monash University in the early 1980s and holds the status of “Professor;” but does not preface his submissions with  the titular status. 

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2 responses to “Sisira Jayasuriya eviscerates Ranjan De Silva

  1. Chandra Maliyadde

    Of course Sisira was a Marxist when he was a student but changed the status quo after becoming a lecturer. I, however, totally agree with his version. Sri Lanka has drawn itself to geopolitics and no one can be blamed for that.other than Sri Lanka. Boys and girls at Gota Go Gama(Galle Face Green) points the finger at those responsible.

  2. Michael Patrick O'Leary

    I don’t think ‘eviscerates’ is quite the word.

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