Year Founded: 1948
A South Asian island nation in the Indian Ocean, also known as “the teardrop of India” due to its teardrop shape. It was formerly named Ceylon, yup, just like Ceylon tea, and exports mainly black tea. It used to share a close relationship with India, but since India intervened in the Sri Lanka civil war, bad blood got between the two countries turning Sri Lanka towards China, and in turn, becoming an important country in the Belt and Road project. In 2017, unable to repay China for the cost of building a harbor, Sri Lanka leased the strategically located Hambantota International Port to China for 99 years, angering the local citizens as well as becoming one of the main examples western countries use when condemning the Belt and Road project.