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Thursday, 01 February 2018 - 13:01
India wary of China’s Hambantota Port plans
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Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has raised doubts whether China would confine Hambantota Port only to port activities.
 
Speaking to journalists after an event in Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu yesterday (Jan. 31) she hinted at security concerns over Sri Lanka handing over its strategic southern port of Hambantota to China.
 
She said, “Whether China will confine itself to only port activities in Hambantota port is a question and I do not want to say anything further”.
 
She said the Sri Lankan government had handed over the port to China on a 99-year lease after having failed to repay a loan.
 
On whether China setting up its ‘base’ in Hambantota port posed a security threat to India and whether it was prepared to face the threat, she said, “whether China will use the port only for port activities is a question mark and my reply answers all your queries.’
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