China reacts to being dumped from Sri Lanka housing project

China has reacted to reports it was dumped from a housing project in Sri Lanka.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the cooperation between China and Sri Lanka must be seen in a correct and objective way.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang was asked today about reports Sri Lanka has reversed a decision to award a housing development project worth $300 million to China and give it to an Indian company.

“We have said many times that the mutually beneficial cooperation between China and other countries, including Sri Lanka, is conducted on the basis of equal-footed consultations and with the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits. Yesterday, I talked about some positive comments made by the Sri Lankan government official on China-Sri Lanka cooperation. We hope that the relevant parties can view the cooperation between China and Sri Lanka in a correct and objective way,” he said.

Lu Kang also said that China has always followed the principle of transparency and openness in its cooperation with Sri Lanka and other countries.

He said that China encourages all other countries to carry out mutually beneficial cooperation so as to jointly promote regional peace, prosperity and development.

The Cabinet of Ministers this week approved a proposal presented by the Minister of Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Development and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan to award the contract of constructing 28,000 housing units in the Northern and Eastern Province to ND Enterprises (India), Yapka Development (Pvt.) Ltd (Sri Lanka) and Arohedium (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka at a cost of Rs 1,280,000/- for each house. (Colombo Gazette)

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