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China leased the deepwater port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka officially leased 99 deep-sea port Hambantota on its south coast to China for a period of XNUMX. bmpd With reference to the website of the National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations named after EM Primakov.


China leased the deepwater port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka


“This deal, under certain conditions, can seriously and permanently change the balance of power in the Indian Ocean and cause a political crisis in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lani authorities are aware of this risk, but, in fact, have no choice: the state owes China a total of about $ 8 billion, ”the article says.

Construction of the port of Hambantota began in January 2008. Since Sri Lanka’s relations with potential western lenders were extremely tense at that time (the Srilanian authorities were suspected of committing war crimes and violating civil liberties during operations against the separatist Tigers of Tamil Elima liberation), Rajapaksa turned to China for help.

Beijing provided the necessary funds. “However, contrary to the expectations of the Srilani authorities, the project turned out to be unprofitable: the merchant ships preferred to enter the nearby port of Colombo, the economic center and largest city of the country, which has a developed infrastructure,” the author notes.

In order to compensate for the losses incurred and at least partially repay the loan, the government offered Chinese firms with state participation to buy out the 80% of the port’s shares and lease it. This decision has caused both indignation in India and unrest inside the country.



"The united opposition politicians, the union of port workers, fearing mass layoffs due to the prospect of importing Chinese labor, and peasants living in the neighboring areas of the port who are dissatisfied with the plans of the government for the forced redemption of land and houses, significantly reduced the share transferred to the Chinese side of the port shares. In addition, the final agreement specifically stipulated the unconditional sovereignty of Sri Lanka over the territory of the port leased by China and indicated that the PRC has no right to create a military base there, ”the article says.

In India, they are anxiously watching the growth of Chinese investment in Sri Lanka, fearing that the country's increased dependence on Beijing will lead to the loss of New Delhi's political influence. The Indian authorities have traditionally perceived Sri Lanka as a country under the influence of India, and are very wary of the increasing influence of any other power in Sri Lanka, especially China.
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  1. Herculesic
    Herculesic 21 December 2017 13: 42 New
    +2
    The Chinese are killing two birds with one stone - and the port also received free rubies and sapphires, all the more so of a very high class, almost etholonic, so terribly expensive. In Ceylon, placers of natural corundum are actually spread all over the island!
    1. siberalt
      siberalt 21 December 2017 13: 55 New
      +6
      China has already leased Africa. No one noticed. belay And then some kind of Ceylon port. laughing
      1. Going
        Going 21 December 2017 14: 11 New
        +4
        Yes, by quiet glanders Africa came under China.
        1. Overlock
          Overlock 21 December 2017 15: 40 New
          +2
          PRC direct investments in African countries increased from $ 500 million in 2003 to almost $ 15 billion in 2012, and already in 2013 loans for the development of sub-Saharan Africa’s infrastructure reached $ 20 billion
    2. To be or not to be
      To be or not to be 21 December 2017 14: 04 New
      +1
      There are more rabbits and they are the size of an American bison!
    3. 79807420129
      79807420129 21 December 2017 14: 12 New
      +4
      So China dealt a heavy blow to India. This is the third hare.
      Quote: Herkulesich
      The Chinese are killing two birds with one stone - and the port got free rubies and sapphires,
      hi
  2. Lelek
    Lelek 21 December 2017 13: 45 New
    +4
    Under certain conditions, this deal could seriously and permanently change the balance of power in the Indian Ocean and cause a political crisis in Sri Lanka. Srilan authorities are aware of this risk, but essentially have no choice: the state owes China a total of about $ 8 billion

    Creeping expansion of China more than once "surprise" the world. The Chinese are good students and US tactics they obviously liked. And India has nothing to cry - they slapped. We also need to take this into account in the Far East.
  3. Egorovich
    Egorovich 21 December 2017 13: 50 New
    +3
    Money rules the world, who prevented the Indians from making the same deal with Sri Lanka? They themselves are to blame, and the Chinese are acting in their own style.
    1. fizteh
      fizteh 21 December 2017 18: 47 New
      +1
      I agree! Silence without undue ambition and investment is the result! Igdus will chew on their national hostility on their own. Clever cross-eyed all the same !!!
  4. Altona
    Altona 21 December 2017 13: 55 New
    +1
    Quote: Herkulesich
    The Chinese are killing two birds with one stone - and the port also received free rubies and sapphires, all the more so of a very high class, almost etholonic, so terribly expensive. In Ceylon, placers of natural corundum are actually spread all over the island!

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    I actually thought about a military base and a strong supply point. What kind of corundums are there? They have long been 100% pure grown any size.
    If we think about corundums, then we must master Namibia because of diamonds and Colombia because of the purest emeralds. laughing
    1. Herculesic
      Herculesic 21 December 2017 14: 11 New
      +2
      There is a huge difference between synthetic and natural corundums both in price and in molecular composition. What is grown from the point of view of chemistry and mineralology is only beautiful glass-imitation! They are to natural stones oh how far! And the diamonds are the best on the planet Yakutsk! !!! hi
  5. Rusland
    Rusland 21 December 2017 13: 55 New
    +8
    And Vaska listens and eats.
  6. Alexey RA
    Alexey RA 21 December 2017 15: 21 New
    +1
    I understand that for the Indians the situation is about the same as it would be for us if Ukraine would have leased Sevastopol to NATO somewhere in 2013.
  7. Overlock
    Overlock 21 December 2017 15: 38 New
    +1
    Well done, the Chinese. They work for a prospect, without looking back, boldly go forward. The economy is growing, ships are being built, China is expanding
    1. RUSS
      RUSS 22 December 2017 19: 38 New
      0
      Quote: Overlock
      well done, chinese

      India indirectly participated in the civil war in Sri Lanka supporting Tamil Hindus in the war against Buddhist signals. Therefore, let there be distant Chinese in their home port than the Indians' neighbors who previously supported Tamil terrorists.
  8. komvap
    komvap 21 December 2017 15: 39 New
    +3
    Silly Chinese do not have the greatest geo-strategy at the head - they don’t have to write off $ 8 billion, and ordinary Chinese announce a tricky multi-port.
    1. RUSS
      RUSS 22 December 2017 19: 32 New
      0
      Quote: komvap
      Silly Chinese do not have the greatest geo-strategy at the head - they don’t have to write off $ 8 billion, and ordinary Chinese announce a tricky multi-port.

      good
  9. NF68
    NF68 21 December 2017 16: 05 New
    +2
    One can only guess what the Chinese will achieve over the years through 40-50.
  10. Observer2014
    Observer2014 21 December 2017 18: 13 New
    +6
    the state owed China a total of about $ 8 billion, "the article said.
    Chu. Ours would forgive.
  11. APASUS
    APASUS 21 December 2017 21: 05 New
    0
    the final agreement specifically emphasized the unconditional sovereignty of Sri Lanka over the territory of the port leased by China and indicated that the PRC has no right to establish a military base there

    I think it’s not evening yet ............