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India conveys concern at China presence in SL

26 October 2014 03:38 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


India has expressed serious concern to Sri Lanka over China’s increasing military presence on the island, The Hindu newspaper reported.


Official sources in New Delhi told The Hindu that Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s India visit last week was for a meeting in this connection. The Defence Secretary, who is the brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, met National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley. “The meeting was held to raise the issue of a Chinese submarine calling at a Sri Lankan port last month. It is of serious concern to India's national security,” said a senior official, who requested anonymity.

Changzheng 2, a nuclear-powered submarine, docked at the Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd on September 15. It was the first such submarine to visit Sri Lanka, the Sunday Times reported. Before its arrival, two Chinese naval vessels had docked in Colombo from September 7 to 13, it said.


China and Sri Lanka have strong ties, with China investing heavily in infrastructure projects on the island. China is also its vocal supporter at the Human Rights Council, where 23 countries voted in favour of an international inquiry into Sri Lanka’s rights record in 2014. India had abstained.

  Comments - 6

  • Duminda Sunday, 26 October 2014 10:45 AM

    India never done a thing to help SL. Only created this mess by training terrorist in 80s. Their concerns can keep with them 4 ever. India never became a friend of SL either in history or now. India must remember that SL is not a colony or state of India.

    hasini Sunday, 26 October 2014 11:49 AM

    i agree to that

    Sri Wickrema Sunday, 26 October 2014 12:46 PM

    Then better to be a colony of China?

    ukkun putha Sunday, 26 October 2014 03:39 PM

    We can say India is our big bro. but we have been ill-treated by India. The great China has been our friend and they have helped us. Our bumpkin M.R

    Waco Sunday, 26 October 2014 04:06 PM

    Sri Lanka need not be a colonel of China. Sri Lanka and China are good friends.

    Suq Madique Sunday, 26 October 2014 05:51 PM

    India was never a true friend to SL but more like an interfering neighbour always threatening and bullying

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