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Hinting at security concerns over Sri Lanka handing over Hambantota Port to China, Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has raised doubts whether China would confine itself only to port activities in Sri Lanka, the Hindu reported today.

“Whether China will confine itself to only port activities in Hambantota port is a question and I do not want to say anything further,” she has told reporters after a meeting on the implementation on “New India vision 2022” at the Collectorate in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

She said the Sri Lankan government had handed over the port to China on a 99-year lease after having failed to repay a loan. On whether China setting up its ‘base’ in Hambantota port posed security threat to the country and whether India was prepared to face the threat, she said, “whether China will use the port only for port activities is a question mark and my reply answers all your queries.’

Responding to the failure to identify the killers of Rameswaram fisherman K. Britjo, she said it was taking time as it was an international issue and the Centre was following it up. “We will not give it up,” she added.

  Comments - 22

  • Ahmed Thursday, 01 February 2018 05:13 PM

    jealousy or security concerns ?

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 01 February 2018 05:49 PM

    It's not nice to have one of the most ruthless and murderous dictatorships as a neighbor in Hambantota.

    Arunjee Saturday, 03 February 2018 05:55 PM

    on day china will occupy Sinhala nation like Tibet !

    Jaffna Logi Thursday, 01 February 2018 05:33 PM

    The Chinese taking over Hambantota Port on a 99 year lease provides Sri Lanka with the protection from any possible Indian Military threat.

    Park Thursday, 01 February 2018 05:45 PM

    Its shocking, not really I suppose, for India to worry about security concerns. Its India which formed, trained, funded and weaponized LTTE, the worst terrorists on earth. Now they are worried? In fact Sri Lanka has to worry about Indian intentions. Even now India is interfering in the internal matters of SL by protesting against the recent Fisheries Bill in order to protect the Indian fishermen invading Sri Lankan territorial waters.

    Param Thursday, 01 February 2018 05:53 PM

    You are crying about the Chines in Sri Lanka, while you don't have the balls to get back the thousands of square miles of your territory taken over by the Chinese when they smashed your Indian Army in 1962.

    Ceylon Thursday, 01 February 2018 06:24 PM

    Indian government do less or nothing smart things.progress making india is not government but private sector.firdt hambantota offeted to india but foolishly why crying.

    Hautaum Thursday, 01 February 2018 06:25 PM

    Do not need to consider about tempered joker

    Arul Thursday, 01 February 2018 06:26 PM

    Dear Nirmala, who knows if within that next 99 years your tamilnadu will have a Chinese border.

    Senewi Thursday, 01 February 2018 06:28 PM

    Did you consider security threats of Sri Lanka when you trained and funded LTTE terrorist organisation?

    mad dog shankar kannan thas Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:43 PM

    I want to make some important points to INDIA. It is you supported MR to wipe out LTTE. We all know MR very well . He used Mangala and then dump. MR and his family is well known for that. Today SRILANKA is in the hands of CHINA. India cannot do anything.

    Lanka Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:49 PM

    China will not feed, train, arm and put suicide bombing LTTE murderers to disrupt and cause havoc in Sri Lanka. We Sri Lankans can trust the Chinese than the Indians and their cousins in Tamil Nadu

    James Bond Friday, 02 February 2018 09:24 AM

    All Indians are Thugs..Greedy , Manupilative, Devious , Cunning swindlers. I therefor worship Chinese..even they also SLY.

    amit Friday, 02 February 2018 12:13 PM

    worship Chinese? don't you have any self respect

    citizen Friday, 02 February 2018 09:31 AM

    Tamil Nadu has to worry about Chinese presence than New Delhi. Not 99 years within 33 years Tamil Nadu will be a separate country.

    Ceylon Friday, 02 February 2018 09:47 AM

    Same like srilanka,india dont have skillfull administrators.britsin conquered and annexed small countries and made it one country.bur locals cant keep them together.

    Land of who's Friday, 02 February 2018 02:30 PM

    Happy lease not sold. Hu knows restrictions exceptions? Hi burden on tiny economy.

    Jesus Friday, 02 February 2018 02:37 PM

    Please don’t have anything to do with Indian Hindus they are one lowest kind of human beings who will distrupt this country with there dirty masala.

    Dalu Banda Friday, 02 February 2018 03:00 PM

    To tell frankly, India invaded us many many many times in the History and looted our cities . Indians are invited to visit "Aukana Raja Maha Viharaya" off Kekirawa at Kala Wewa and see the " Kadu Gea Gala" - Stones that sharpen the swards, by our ancestors. In fact the location of this temple was a former garrison city, where the Military operations had been carried out against invading Indian armies. But, historically Chinese were not invaders. They were traders and Buddhist. Indians should understand this true facts.

    Sira n sirasa Friday, 02 February 2018 03:12 PM

    Irritating neighbor

    Rama Friday, 02 February 2018 08:00 PM

    Sinhala slaves have accepted the fact that chinese are their masters.

    Arunjee Saturday, 03 February 2018 05:52 PM

    India supposes to have a military base in Jaffna !

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