China has never asked Sri Lanka to allow only Chinese enterprises to operate inside the Hambantota Industrial Zone (HIZ), China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said yesterday.
According to China’s Foreign Ministry, she expressed these views in response to a question posed to her about whether China had asked Sri Lanka to ensure that the industrial zone was only for Chinese companies to operate in.
When asked whether China had forced Sri Lanka to offer them concessions with regards to the Hambantota Port because of how much Sri Lanka owed China and how concerned China was with regard to the protests that took place in Hambantota against the HIZ, Chunying said small-scale protests had taken place mainly because the locals had misconstrued the relevant policies concerning the projects.
“The Sri Lankan side has made an official clarification on this. As the two countries are traditional neighbours, China is willing to provide the best assistance it can to help Sri Lanka with its economic development so as to achieve common development objectives. This is in the interests of both countries,” she said.
The Spokesperson said Chinese enterprises always discussed the Hambantota Port project with the Sri Lankan side on a voluntary basis, in the spirit of equality and mutual benefit and following market rules.“Relevant cooperation projects are expected to play a constructive role in the long-term development of the Hambantota Port and other parts of the country,” she said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Jagath Leanage Friday, 27 January 2017 06:30 AM
Long time ago China helped us without any vested interest . But now everything has changed .
SL Friday, 27 January 2017 07:02 AM
Greedy politicians from both sides are playing with every cards and lies to take the power,not to serve the country or the people.The billions of money yearly spending on elections is a real waste of money.
Manel Friday, 27 January 2017 07:48 AM
All this interest is because of the strategic location of SL in the Indian ocean. Remember the three ports called the " Chinese neckless of pearls". Also remember the what is taking place in east China sea and south China sea where China is making claims to a number of islands.
Lara Friday, 27 January 2017 09:10 AM
Industrial zones are good. But it needs to be owned and operated by the host country. If a government cant even property operate an IZ and uses that as an excuse to sell it government must immediately step down and let citizen appoint a government that can.
gamini samrasinghe Friday, 27 January 2017 09:16 AM
East China and South China sea islands are not being annexed but new islands have been built on reefs. These reefs are in international waters and if anybody builds a new island in such waters according to the law of the sea, the builder owns it.This is what has happened.
ceylon Friday, 27 January 2017 09:43 AM
another lie. via DM Android App
Thanos Friday, 27 January 2017 10:15 AM
China is a rising superpower. More powerful it gets more like the USA it behaves. There are no friends in geopolitics. Only interests.
Raz Friday, 27 January 2017 10:36 AM
Lara- Ponder what is happening in Government owned institutions. They are packed with unqualified personals by politicians and create all problems when asked to match performance. via DM Android App
Lara Friday, 27 January 2017 11:45 AM
The irony is these chinese companies are government owned ones. If China can why cant our government?
chick fan Friday, 27 January 2017 04:36 PM
What SL mentioned is really correct.Are these fishy politicians striving so hard to come to the power just because they really want to help to people from the bottom of their hearts If any one of u think so what i have to tell is go & eat punnakku. via DM Android App
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