A Chinese delegation headed by Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kong Xuanyou is reported to have held five hours of discussions with the Sri Lankan authorities on the entire gamut of bilateral relations.
The delegation arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday in the wake of some of the proposed Chinese investments in the country hitting a snag amid public protests and legal action.
The Government has sought to hand over an 80 per cent stake in the Hambantota Port to a Chinese company known as ‘China Merchants’ on a debt to equity swap. However, the project ran into turmoil after public protests against the move to acquire 15,000 acres of land for investments integrated with the port development project.
It has also been challenged in the Supreme Court.
Mr. Xuanyou met Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera. The Chinese delegation comprises officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy including Ambassador Yi Xianliang.
Meanwhile, a high profile Chinese delegation is to visit Sri Lanka this year. Earlier, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe invited his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang to visit Sri Lanka. (Kelum Bandara)
Jan Wednesday, 22 February 2017 08:16 AM
Let China Develope our Hambanthota Area HarbourBunkeringDry DocksHotelsHospitalsReal Estate With Both parties agreed with Transparency plus Public Knowledge No other countries helping us to Build out Island like CHINA via DM Android App
reader Wednesday, 22 February 2017 08:21 AM
for sake of development go with China and not India via DM Android App
gobbaya Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:55 AM
please hand over the ruling of the country to china as well they are much competent than the MORONS we have now both in power and opposition via DM Android App
silva Wednesday, 22 February 2017 12:19 PM
no lease should be given over 15 to 20 years.we don't live in the past when 99 year leases were give...you cant pass on your burdens to the next generations to come...
prdaeep Wednesday, 22 February 2017 12:29 PM
Iif this industrial zone materialized Airport and Harbor will be operated in full force and will generate so many direct and indirect benefits to the country, else get the money from so-called protester to pay the loan installment of the port.
OMG Wednesday, 22 February 2017 02:40 PM
I am so confused why these protesters didnt protest when MR built harbor and airport? also if they dont have enough land to build industrial zone, then why MR built harbor and airport there. As usual our politicians are very brilliant they build it first then they think - OH SHIT IT WAS BUILT IN WRONG PLACE- hik hik
ravin Wednesday, 22 February 2017 02:47 PM
"US delegation meets President" "High-level Chinese delegation in marathon talks with SL"= 1 1= Dose general public have right to know what's going on? (both those heading in this news paper) Any agendas?
Rohan Wednesday, 22 February 2017 06:13 PM
Are the Sri Lankans worse nation in self destruction?? Ill informed people protest and dig the grave in themselves.
raj Wednesday, 22 February 2017 06:30 PM
If we are leasing out our country to China and later to other countries.THEN WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR INDEPENDENCE FROM ENGLAND?MUCH BETTER BEING A COLONY OF ENGLAND!!!!
Dilshan Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:43 PM
But only china will work with criminal governments and let them get away with their crimes...
2246268305 Thursday, 23 February 2017 05:14 AM
I‘m a Chinese, who have vistied Lanka three times on travelling trip and business trip. I love Lanka and hope every thing good of Lankans. In regrad of the land requistion around Habantota port, similar scenario in China is the farmers there just cannot more happy to welcome that happens, because their land value will be promoted, their job opportuniites will be boosted, their homes will be easier to access from the outside world, their out-bound and in-bound transportation means will be modernised, their living environment will become more beautiful and some economic savvy farmers will build simple housing to rent to non-local workers working in the projects and make big money, ... In a word, their life will be improved greatly and admired by others. The governmnet officials should depict such pictures to the famers.
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