Cabraal says New York Times article is ‘fake’ news
Posted on June 28th, 2018

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, has refuted the allegations made in a recent article published by The New York Times, referring to it as ‘fake’ news which has violated the truth and a gross misrepresentation of facts.

The New York Times article dated 25 June 2018 titled How China got Sri Lanka to cough up a Port,” written by Maria Abi-Habib, had made certain accusations pertaining to China’s acquisition of the strategic Hambantota port from Sri Lanka while highlighting Beijing’s debt trap” and ambitious use of loans to gain influence around the world.

The report says feasibility studies had found that the port would not work and frequent lenders” like India had refused to provide loans or assistance for the port, developed during Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule.

However, issuing a response today, Rajapaksa’s former Central Bank chief Ajith Nivard Cabraal slammed the NYT article as a gross misrepresentation of facts as well as a piece of journalism which has violated the truth in a shocking manner.

This is probably the type of propaganda under the veil of journalism that President Donald Trump has been regularly referring to as ‘Fake’ news or reports,” he charged.

The article had also pointed out certain facts pertaining to Sri Lanka debt position under the former President’s reign and also claimed that Rajapaksa’s campaign aides have received direct payments from the Chinese port construction fund.

Cabraal said that he was interviewed by the NYT correspondent in question Maria Abi- Habib on 10th May 2018, and that he countered almost every one of her string of allegations and pre-conceived notions” in an hour long interview, with irrefutable facts and figures.

He said that not surprisingly, Maria Abi-Habib has chosen to ignore all his responses relating to the Chinese loans and projects, as well as Sri Lanka’s debt position under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, which he says would have materially changed her flawed findings” and highly suspect conclusions”.

Her stance therefore undoubtedly confirms she was on a mission to provide a pre-determined and completely one-sided view point which is detrimental to both China and Sri Lanka in general, and Presidents Xi Jingping and Mahinda Rajapaksa, in particular.”

The former CBSL Governor added that he will submit a detailed reply to this shockingly imbalanced” article, which he said is not worthy of being published in a newspaper such as the New York Times, and expose it’s subjectivity in a few days.”

Meanwhile the ex-President’s eldest son MP Namal Rajapaksa also tweeted a response to the NYT article stating that it had many inaccuracies.

Many inaccuracies in this article. Acknowledging the Port is near 1 of the world’s busiest shipping lanes shows why it’s still a major focus for the West, fearing China’s growing global influence. Sri Lanka‘s assets shouldn’t be used as geopolitical pawns in this power struggle,” he said.

3 Responses to “Cabraal says New York Times article is ‘fake’ news”

  1. Christie Says:

    NYT and other media will cough out for anyone one who gives them money or other benefits.

    So NYT is in the hands of India and Indian Parasites.

  2. ranjit Says:

    Most american news are fake. Trump knows and the whole world knows except few of their own kind. CNN,BBC AL JAZIRA all fake news that’s why they are banned in some countries. We too should ban these fake news reporters reporting from our soil. They create stories and poisoned the minds of the people in small countries. They boasts telling the truth but in the end seems all lies. Election time is near so these stooges of the west now itself have started mud slinging and lies about Rajapaksa’s and the opposition. They will not succeed this time because people in this country knows the truth nothing but truth.

  3. Christie Says:

    When it comes Western news these days about countries like us it is India and Indians behind it.

    I know this from personal experience.

    Even this writer Maria operates from Delhi and she had been in contact with few other local journalists and others.

    So India is getting ready.

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