Former PM denies claims Hambantota Port sold to China

Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today denied claims that the Hambantota Port was sold to China.

He told Parliament that the port was given to a Chinese company to be managed for 70 years.

Wickremesinghe also said that the agreement can be reversed at any time.

The former Prime Minister was responding to concerns raised by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Tissa Attanayake.

Attanayake condemned the decision by the former Government in which Wickremesinghe was the Prime Minister, to give the Hambantota Port to China on lease.

The SJB MP said that giving the Port on lease means Sri Lanka will not get it back.

Meanwhile, Ports Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena insisted that the Port had been given to a Chinese company on a 99-year lease and not a 77-year lease.

He said that the agreement is clear that the Chinese company will manage the port for 99 years.

However, Wickremesinghe insisted that the port was given to China for 77 years and not 99 years. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. A small correction…

    China has stopped its infrastructure projects in the North. Perhaps, China is starting to listen to me. I would not invest in Sri Lanka. I would focus on dividing and conquering these fools. Never trust the fools; if you do, they will make you a fool. I have learned this valuable lesson from Tamils and Sinhalease.

  2. China has stopped its infrastructure projects in the North. Perhaps, China is starting to listen to me. I would not invest in Sri Lanka. I would focus on diving and conquering these fools. Never trust the fools; if you do, they will make you a fool. I have learnt this valuable lesson from Tamils and Sinhalease.

  3. The question should not be about the lease period but why are we taking loans to build Chinas belt and road project!??

    1. China should be borrowing and building the belt and road projects in Sri Lanka.

    2. Only after that should they be talking to us about leasing the land (reclaimed land for Colombo port city too included) to build these projects along with a share for our country to profit from these projects.

    Why the Rajapaksas avoided the above approach and got Sri Lanka into such a deal where we are paying for Chinas global development projects in Sri Lanka in the first place should be investigated.

    Did they deliberately take a bad deal that is unfavorable to Sri Lanka for kickbacks or some unknown reasons?

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