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The Indian Navy today said it did not see any security threat to the country in the Chinese involvement in building the Hambantota port in southern Sri Lanka, India’s PTI news agency reported.

'Building the port in Sri Lanka will not hamper our security. India is too vast for that,' Southern Naval Command's Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Vice-Admiral K N Sunshil, told newsmen after the commissioning of three Fast Attack Craft at Garden Reach near Kolkota.

'We need not be too concerned with Chinese assistance in building the port. What is to be seen is whether the Chinese sit there even after completion of the port,' he said.

Media reports say that China is helping build the Hambantota strategic port with an estimated investment of USD one billion over the next few years. The port is expected to accommodate nearly 33 ships by 2020.
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  • Monday, 29 March 2010 01:50 PM

    INDIA's WATERLOO, is Hambantota

    Monday, 29 March 2010 01:54 PM

    You know whats real security thereat is western countries[example like Norway act......no need to tell u more about//.,

    Monday, 29 March 2010 02:17 PM

    While all the western countries ask for ceasefire against the LTTE, India did not listened to all side. Without India help, how SL Government able to claim victory. Sri Lanka has to remain this always.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 02:59 PM

    Only 33 ships to accommodate by 2010, after all China spending a billion bugs?
    Can any body justify this.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 02:59 PM

    The Indians got a chance to do this project, but declined. It is good that the Chinese came in to do this project. It will eventually be one of the most important ports in the entire Region, take it from me. Good on you China! And good on you Minister Chamal Rajapakse.

    Rohan Peiris, Chartered Engineer
    (I know what I am talking about, by the way!!!)

    Monday, 29 March 2010 03:42 PM

    wow! you know absolutely nothing about ports mate..

    Monday, 29 March 2010 03:53 PM

    Dont talk about Chamal , cant we talk about the project. No government did anything better for the country than this one.If previous governments done anything we would have been the best in the region.
    let people work for the country.dont be jealous.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 04:02 PM

    Simply indian doesn't have the guts to take on china. So it down play the H'tota issue....its that much simple.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 04:30 PM

    Yes ... absolutely 'nothing'!

    Monday, 29 March 2010 04:37 PM

    We really need to watch our 'backs,' with India ... throughout history, India has only seen us as 'a hub for a little exploitation,' and nothing else. China is looking for allies and I think its a smart choice for us to align ourselves with this next 'super power' of the world. However, we should also keep in mind that our other funds come from the 'Western world,' and not alienate them completely. As for India - we need to keep them close enough to know their intentions, at all times, but always with a backup plan, like 'China.'

    Monday, 29 March 2010 05:12 PM

    India created the problem in SL, and, when they couldn't control the terrorists, sat back and kept out of trouble, until the terrorists were all wiped-out. India has still not finished its meddling.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 06:27 PM

    Who cares if Hambantota Harbour is going to be a threat to India or not? One thing is very certain, the Chinese will never leave Hambantota! Hambantota will be the new 'China-Town' of Sri Lanka.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 07:07 PM

    India, what happened to the Sethu-Samudram Project? Better to forget it now. By 2020, all container shipments from South India can be transshipped from Hambanthota ... thanks to China!

    Monday, 29 March 2010 07:10 PM

    We should be greatful to India for having helped us in many ways both before and after the war. We need to continue to have the same bilateral relationship.

    Monday, 29 March 2010 08:33 PM

    Of course India would "down play" it. Remember India got "kicked" by China.


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