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Chinese help to build Sri Lanka port no security threat

[PTI, Monday, 29 March 2010 12:38 No Comment]

The Navy today said it did not see any security threat to the country in the Chinese involvement in building Hambantota port in southern Sri Lanka.

‘Building the port in Sri Lanka will not hamper our security. India is too vast for that,’ Southern Naval Command’s Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Vice-Admiral K N Sunshil, told newsmen after the commissioning of three Fast Attack Craft at Garden Reach near here.

‘We need not be too concerned with Chinese assistance in building the port. What is to be seen is whether the Chinese sit there even after completion of the port,’ he said.

Media reports say that China is helping build the Hambantota strategic port with an estimated investment of USD one billion over the next few years. The port is expected to accommodate nearly 33 ships by 2020.

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