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

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

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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