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International loans, with strings attached

China | Some poorer nations are growing wary of generous Chinese investments
by June Cheng
Posted 8/23/18, 09:56 am

During a five-day trip to Beijing this week, the prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, took a strong stance against further Chinese investment in the Southeast Asian nation, canceling $22 billion worth of China-backed infrastructure projects. Malaysia is the latest country to adopt a cautious view of generous Chinese investments as poor countries fall into China’s debt trap.

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Flooding continues to spread misery in Sri Lanka

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/31/17, 03:15 pm

Officials in Sri Lanka are blaming illegal construction for the death toll in this weekend’s massive flooding. At least 200 people died and about 100 others remain missing. The flash flooding and landslides drove more than 600,000 people from their homes. It’s the worst flooding to hit the country in 14 years.

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Globe Trot: Mudslides bury three villages in rainy Sri Lanka

by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/18/16, 11:25 am

SRI LANKA: At least 200 families are missing after mudslides buried three villages in central Sri Lanka, where rains are the worst rescue crews have seen in at least six years. “Rescuers would have to get there by foot and start digging with their hands before we can get any heavy equipment into the site,” said a Red Cross worker.

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