Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa (right) with Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Colombo. Photo: AFP Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa (right) with Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Colombo. Photo: AFP
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa (right) with Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Colombo. Photo: AFP

Sri Lanka port deal not a ‘debt trap’ set up by China, President Rajapaksa says

  • Rajapaksa said Beijing and Colombo plan to restart talks on a free-trade agreement following a high-level meeting between the two countries
  • He also rejected accusations that China wanted to trap Sri Lanka into mounting debt with the port deal

Topic |   Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa (right) with Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Colombo. Photo: AFP Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa (right) with Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Colombo. Photo: AFP
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa (right) with Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Colombo. Photo: AFP
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