No Chinese militarization of H’tota Port: PM

23 April 2018 11:05 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has rejected the reports of Chinese militarization of the Hambantota Port.

When Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan called on the Prime Minister on Friday, the Premier said, “There is no issue of Chinese militarization of the Hambantota Port at all. Sri Lankan Navy is the sole military force responsible for the security of the Port,” he said.

At the meeting, it has been noted that some foreign media irresponsibly hyped the question of militarization of the Hambantota Port out of their own hidden agenda, Chinese Embassy said in a statement.

PM Wickremesinghe highlighted that Sri Lanka and himself have always been strongly supporting the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

”Sri Lanka attaches great importance to mega-projects cooperation with China, especially the projects of Hambantota Port and Industrial Park, Colombo Financial City. The Sri Lankan Government hopes to work with the Chinese side to accelerate the implementation of the ongoing projects and attract more Chinese investment in order to promote economic and social development,” he said.

Responding to recent allegations of Chinese militarization at Hambantota Port, Ambassador Cheng pointed out that there is no any military purpose for China to conduct friendly and pragmatic cooperation with Sri Lanka.

“China never interferes in Sri Lanka's internal affairs and is willing to work with the Sri Lankan side to push forward the latter’s economic and social development by promoting new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness and justice, win-win cooperation,” he said.

  Comments - 7

  • Unchikun Monday, 23 April 2018 11:12 AM

    Sorry man, the average Chines men and women in China call it their Navel Port. You had your good buddy has hoodwinked us. We are no fools. You and you buddy must get out now.

    Kuhan Monday, 23 April 2018 12:10 PM

    But you will be happy have the dangerous “Chappathi” guys given anaval base in Sri Lanka.

    KPG Monday, 23 April 2018 11:29 AM

    Hu hyped !

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 23 April 2018 11:31 AM

    So far this "win-win" cooperation has always been a "win" to China and a loss to Sri Lanka as clearly noticed so far.

    Thiru Monday, 23 April 2018 12:20 PM

    Move around the country and see for yourself,New roads,new Express ways,big buildings,the Port city that would rival Dubai ; We had only old roads and dirty buildings but now a great transformation taking place and only the Indians would shed crocodile tears at the progress we are making with the Chinese help.

    BBM Monday, 23 April 2018 11:49 AM

    If China have had no any 'military purpose' is there any considerable commercial value? Certainly there is a military value. Otherwise nobody fund this. Situ creates only a political problem.

    Ben Monday, 23 April 2018 05:13 PM

    WAIT AND SEE


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