China debt-trap narrative misleading
The lease of the Hambantota Port to China has long been painted by Western forces as a prime example of China's "debt trap," even though both China and Sri Lanka said it's purely commercial. The West's smearing of China's role in Sri Lanka's debt actually reflects its narrow-minded understanding of financing to the developing world. It would be completely misleading if someone attributes Sri Lanka's debt problem solely to China. With China's support, Sri Lanka has embarked on a massive infrastructure construction program, which the West has never supported.