S Lanka under Indian pressure on China-aided project

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Colombo—Reports say that Sri Lanka, under Indian pressure has decided to revisit Chinese – aided Port City Project.
Sri Lanka government spokesman Health minister Rajitha Senaratne said here that a new contract would be signed shortly with all clauses in the original agreement inimical or unfavorable to Sri Lanka to be removed, with new conditions included.
He said that it was the Indian government thar forewarned Sri Lanka of the negatives of the project. Sri Lanka went ahead. India said once completed the project will not come under the jurisdiction of Sri Lanka and put a big question mark on Sri Lanka’s sovereignty.
He said that India had pointed out that the project management could refuse landing rights to Sri Lanka’s aircraft on the properties under its purview and prohibit the use of its airbase.
The project company has agreed to withdraw all compensation claims for losses incurred due to the suspension of the project Meanwhile Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasing he has stated that finalising a free Trade Agreement with China soon will connect his country to the One Belt One Road initiative.

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