No issue of China militarizing Hambantota Port

Published : 12:02 am  April 24, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 

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DM-20-3At a meeting with Chinese envoy Cheng Xueyuan, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said there was no issue at all about Chinese militarization of the Hambantota Port, the Chinese embassy said in a statement yesterday.   

 

The Ambassador called on the Prime Minister to exchange views on joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative including the Hambantota Port on April 20.   


The Ambassador had briefed the Prime Minister about President Xi Jinping’s keynote speech in the recently-concluded Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference, and reaffirmed that China firmly upholds and supports economic globalization.   


The statement said, “China attaches great importance to the relations with Sri Lanka, and wishes to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries to actively push forward the practical cooperation under the framework of BRI, so as to bring tangible benefits to the two countries and their peoples.   


“Responding to recent baseless suspicion on so-called Chinese militarization at Hambantota Port, Ambassador Cheng pointed out that there is no military purpose for China to conduct friendly and pragmatic cooperation with Sri Lanka. China never interferes in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs and is willing to work with the Sri Lankan side to push forward the latter’s economic and social development by promoting a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation.   

 

The Sri Lankan Government hopes to work with the Chinese side to accelerate the the implementation of the ongoing projects


“Mr. Wickremesinghe highlighted that Sri Lanka had always been strongly supportive of the BRI. Sri Lanka attaches great importance to mega-projects, cooperation with China, especially the projects of Hambantota Port and Industrial Park, Colombo Financial City (or Port City). The Sri Lankan Government hopes to work with the Chinese side to accelerate the the implementation of the ongoing projects and attract more Chinese investment in order to promote economic and social development,”   


“The Prime Minister stressed that there was no issue of Chinese militarization of the Hambantota Port at all. Sri Lankan Navy is the sole military force responsible for the security of the Port. Some foreign media irresponsibly hyped the question of militarization of the Hambantota Port out of their own hidden agenda. Time will eventually prove that the Hambantota Port is destined to embrace a prosperous and bright future in business.”   

 

China attaches great importance to the relations with Sri Lanka, and wishes to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries to actively push forward the practical cooperation under the BRI framework

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