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In response to concerns raised by India about a Chinese company involved in some power projects in the North, the Chinese embassy said today (15) it was purely a commercial activity undertaken through an open international bidding process.

Sri Lanka awarded the contract to a Chinese company to execute three renewable energy projects in the islands off Jaffna. There were media reports earlier that India raised concerns in this regard on the basis that it posed a security threat to India.

A spokesman for the embassy said yesterday the related Chinese company is a private one.

“It is in accordance with the international bidding procedures. As far as China is concerned, the legitimate rights and interests of enterprises, no matter from any country, should be protected, as long as the cooperation is on Sri Lankan territory, abiding by Sri Lankan laws and international rules, and being approved by the Sri Lankan government. Only by doing this could the government ensure the confidence of foreign investors and the continuous development of its own country,” he said.

He said it was an open bid funded by Asian Development Bank(ADB). “Sri Lanka is a sovereign state which has the right to choose the most suitable contractor for its biggest interest,” he said .

  Comments - 20

  • Siribiris Monday, 15 February 2021 11:05 PM

    In few years whole country will be a colony of china.

    Ramesh Monday, 15 February 2021 11:55 PM

    The whole world knows what China's commercial activities are.

    Ivan Tuesday, 16 February 2021 08:59 AM

    Do you have at least one example to show where it has happened otherwise? You seem to have mixed it up with experience with US.

    I am a Sinhalese and my wife is a Jaffna Tamil Tuesday, 16 February 2021 12:35 AM

    Indians murdered over 25,000 Tamil men,women, and Children in the North. But they are concerned about Chines helping with renewable energy project in the North .

    Mandayan Tuesday, 16 February 2021 12:47 AM

    What a country. In the South, people say no to India's involvement in ECT. In the North, people say no to China's involvement in the Islets electricity projects.

    DR RIFAI SULAIMAN Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:38 AM

    Unfortunately we are trapped in a geopolitical manipulation by all these big countries..we have had a non alliance policy before . Neither China nor India give us any thing free of charge. Now diplomatic relations have become a money making machine .There is no ethics and moral principles in dealing with some small countries like ours. Our leaders should know how to put our national interest above the personal interest.. Unfortunately something has terribly gone wrong in foreign policy making .I think now we do not have highly qualified professionals in foreign ministry and our embassies abroad. Our politicians are mislead by some our diplomatic and civil servants on this matter. 22 million people pay the price for this political blunder of our POLITICIANS and diplomatic missions. We are trapped in debt by all these countries. We need to develop our country but it should be sustainable development..we do not have such a balanced policy in our nation building process

    Demuni Uduwara Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:43 AM

    More favours than India !

    Nanda Tuesday, 16 February 2021 03:14 AM

    Yes . Commercial activity is buying the politicians, trade union leaders and the Sangha. SL has become another Angola.

    hachinsingh Tuesday, 16 February 2021 03:17 AM

    to all in favor of India who live in Sri Lanka, look around you. How many Indian vehicles you see in SL roads and how many of Chinese. How many Indians do you see here in SL and how many Chinese. Who owns the some of the biggest conglomerates in SL. Go back in history. Who messed with SL sovereignty. India takes from SL and create mess. China take from us and give something back. Keep geo politics aside. No rocket science.

    Ali Akbar Tuesday, 16 February 2021 05:04 AM

    Better give the damn country to China and let's all start eating bat rat with manocha and Kavun.

    Thavamanis Tuesday, 16 February 2021 05:12 AM

    Oh my god...if we give to China, India will blackmail us, UN will raise Human rights issue. if we give to India, Trade unions and people dont like it In this geopolitics, our country is sandwiched. God save our country. I feel sorry for the politicians too. They are also sandwiched

    Former AGA Jaffna. Tuesday, 16 February 2021 05:47 AM

    Tamils of North and East can never forget or forgive the Indian Army. That is why there is so much support for the Chinese presence in Jaffna.

    Punchi Banda Tuesday, 16 February 2021 06:09 AM

    Ho Ho Ho China Ratcheting up the encirclement of India. There will be surveillance operatives manning clandestine equipment masquerading as maintenance technicians. We got up in the north, in the west with our facilities in Pakistan and now in the south

    jayt Tuesday, 16 February 2021 06:23 AM

    Chine do need to report Indian. Sri lanka belong to Sri lanka. Sri lanka can invite anybody who willing to depend Sri lanka.

    Nomads Tuesday, 16 February 2021 06:57 AM

    One foolish laundry politician has proposed to change the name of Sri Lanka. Would not be ideal Land of Sale Sri Lanka ! . An act like digging their own grave. Very pathetic.

    dillan Tuesday, 16 February 2021 01:02 PM

    china ,India, Pakistan helped to last war to srilanka. we do not like china ,India, Pakistan. we like singapore

    roni Tuesday, 16 February 2021 01:42 PM

    In the not too distant future, we could be compelled to bring food stuffs hitherto sourced from India from China and Pakistan as tariffs and embargoes, could kick in as retaliation. Greater the transport cost higher the prices consumers pay.

    rmm Tuesday, 16 February 2021 06:29 PM

    In Tamil Nadu,politicians are asking the central government to take over Kachaithivu to ensure India's safety

    Buddhist Tuesday, 16 February 2021 07:00 PM

    Are the SL leaders stupid or are they intentionally trying to hurt Indian feelings? Even a child would know that giving the Islands to China would hurt India.

    Buddhist Tuesday, 16 February 2021 07:02 PM

    India is going to abstain from voting in support of SL at UNHRC.


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