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China welcomes Lanka’s decision to go ahead with port project

China on Friday welcomed new Sri Lankan government’s decision to go ahead with the controversial $1.5 billion Colombo Port City project funded by it, calling the country an important partner in implementing its mega Maritime Silk Road project in South Asia.

“We regard Sri Lanka as an important cooperative partner in promoting belt and road initiative in South Asia,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.

The port, expected to play a key role for China’s ambitious Maritime Silk Road project in India’s backyard, is being seen as the single largest private sector development ever in the island. The project involving the 233 hectares of reclaimed land in capital Colombo was cleared by the new Sri Lankan government after expressing reservations over its environmental impact.
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