China should assure OBOR won’t threaten other countries: MS

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President Maithripala Sirisena has said that China should make it clear that its 'One Belt One Road' (OBOR) initiative will not pose any threat to other countries, NHK World reported today.

President Sirisena has made these remark in an interview with NHK ahead of his visit to Japan on Monday. He will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his stay.

President Sirisena, who won the 2015 presidential election by defeating pro-China incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa, pledged to uphold a well-balanced foreign policy.

NHK said Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port was leased out to China for 99 years in return for Beijing's waiving of more than a billion dollars of Sri Lankan debt.

The port will be the largest in South Asia, and is expected to play a key role in the One Belt, One Road plan.

President Sirisena said that China should make it clear that it will not pose any threat to other countries.

He said he understands concerns that Beijing could use the port for military purposes. But he said doing so would violate the bilateral agreement and promised that his government will never allow that to happen.

He expressed enthusiasm for Japan's plans to build quality infrastructure in his country in an effort to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

  Comments - 12

  • Sincere Monday, 12 March 2018 10:48 PM

    Soon it will be OBOROK!! "One Belt, One Road and One King" Although some will oppose OBOR and not the OK!

    Ilangakone Monday, 12 March 2018 11:21 PM

    Ayyo, going shopping for others.

    Waco Tuesday, 13 March 2018 02:16 AM

    My3 has got Duch Courage after visiting India and Japan.

    nick Tuesday, 13 March 2018 04:24 AM

    I doubt ur pol roti will get cooked in Japan take whatever or beg & come episode 2 of kandy in preparation by the bankrupt politicians via DM Android App

    Park Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:05 AM

    As usual he supports the one who is in front of him, he supported China when he meets them now India when he is front of Modi. What next?

    Milo Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:52 AM

    I think this is a good idea, considering the bilateral agreement that was made, and of course the waiving off of the billions of dollars in debt. The strain of repayment is reduced drastically and we still do get the port back once the lease is over. As a MR supporter, i’d still say this was a good move

    DJ Tuesday, 13 March 2018 05:54 AM

    Too late Mr. President. There were other ways to pay this loan if your govt., was more pro active and worked with passion to protect and develop our country

    Citizen Tuesday, 13 March 2018 09:11 AM

    Too late alright, government was sleeping during negotiations!

    Citizen Perera Tuesday, 13 March 2018 09:39 AM

    Now it is too late to urge china not to exert pressure on us... we have already got caught in Chinese trap.

    sini Tuesday, 13 March 2018 04:25 PM

    MR told clearly that India was not interested to invest in Hambantota port. Hence it was given to China for 99 years. China knows how to buy ports and countries. Srilanka knows how to be sold.

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 13 March 2018 12:30 PM

    The only reason for the OBOR is for China to sell its inferior products more efficiently worldwide.

    sonali Tuesday, 13 March 2018 12:43 PM

    "He said he understands....that his government will never allow that to happen. That's only if he has a govt at the next elections. This is an all f... no s... govt. Now he's going to suck up to the Japs.

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