Hambantota port will not be used as military base: CDS

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Hambantota port will not be used as a foreign military base, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravindra Wijegunaratne clarified today at the Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue 2018 at the Manekshaw Centre in India.

Wijegunaratne assured of no such action to take place in the Sri Lankan harbours and waters "which would jeopardise India's security concerns." He further reiterated Sri Lanka's stand on not entering into any military alliance with any nation.

Sri Lanka will not make its naval bases available to any other countries, the chief added further.

The Hambantota port was handed over to China on a 99-year lease. The port will now be co-owned by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CM Port) with the latter holding as much as 70 percent stake. (wionews.com)

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  • Brainmaster Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:16 PM

    You an now say So but if the Chinese want differently use.....Who will stop them via DM Android App

    Banda Tuesday, 27 February 2018 09:17 PM

    Why can’t you understand that only India is a potential threat for us and the Chinese presence in Hambantota counter balances this Indian threat .

    city Tuesday, 27 February 2018 09:23 PM

    There is a major difference in a commercial agreement and military agreement.this is a commercial agreement.

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 28 February 2018 09:48 AM

    Dear Banda. A threat from democratic India does not exist for Sri Lanka. However, there is a danger from the dictatorial and inhumanizing China, which will eventually protect its economic goals by force.

    Mohan Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:19 AM

    Wolfstein,”democratic” India is the only country to have passed legislation that immunes it’s Armed Forces from any Investigation or Prosecution for any operation it conducts in troubled regions in India.They have made Kashmir into hell on earth. Please read and educate yourself .

    RR Tuesday, 27 February 2018 08:34 PM

    Ok, many VIPs already stated that. Chinese govt. has to say that. Now the port is their and they can do whatever they wish.

    Wijesoma Tuesday, 27 February 2018 09:08 PM

    Whom are you trying to please? Sri Lanka's strategic assets should be used according to our best needs.

    critical observer Wednesday, 28 February 2018 12:49 PM

    have you forgotten that we, our Hon Prime Minister has leased it to China for 99 years. for the next 99 years it is China's strategic asset, not ours.

    Jothi Tuesday, 27 February 2018 09:10 PM

    You have no right to comment about a Chinese property


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