No militarisation of Sri Lanka's Hambantota port- China

Navya Beri
Last Updated: Apr 24 2018 16:09

On Monday, China dismissed as “baseless” reports that it will militarise Sri Lanka's southern port of Hambantota, saying the facility was part of Beijing's “pragmatic cooperation” with Colombo for economic development.

“Responding to recent baseless suspicion on so-called Chinese militarisation at Hambantota Port, the ambassador pointed out that there is no any military purpose for China to conduct friendly and pragmatic cooperation with Sri Lanka,” the release said.

According to analysts in Colombo, the comments appear to allay concerns raised by India over Chinese plans in neighbouring Sri Lanka on the broader Indian Ocean context.

“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 and justice, win-win cooperation,” Cheng was quoted as saying.