Sri Lanka lies strategically positioned in the middle of the maritime Silk Road of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative of China. Politicians, scholars, industrialists and the like consider this to be an opportunity of promoting the country as a trading and shipping hub in the Indian Ocean. China, which has emerged as the largest trading partner of Sri Lanka, has been improving her relationship with Sri Lanka over the past few decades, inter-alia providing support in the spheres of economic, national security, health and social sectors.
Aligned with the OBOR initiative, China has invested significantly in developing Sri Lanka’s infrastructure and is amongst the top 5 foreign investors today. So, how does the OBOR initiative influence Sri Lanka and its people?