Loosening Beijing embrace, Sri Lanka reviews China projects




 
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January 18th, 2015  
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Topic: Loosening Beijing embrace, Sri Lanka reviews China projects


By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new government will review Chinese infrastructure projects awarded under the previous administration, a junior minister said, a move bound to please Indian and Western powers concerned about Beijing's access in the island state. On Friday, the government said it would review a $1.5 billion port deal with China Communication Construction Co Ltd over concerns about the Chinese company getting land on a freehold basis in a high-security zone. India was furious with the last government after it allowed to a submarine to dock there twice. Harsha De Silva, deputy minister for Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, said on Saturday that President Maithripala Sirisena's government would look at benchmarks for Chinese infrastructure costs using independent audit firms.




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