Sri Lankan police use water canons to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the proposed sale of a stake in a loss-making port to a Chinese company in Colombo on February 1, 2017. Protesters led by the leftist People’s Liberation Front, are opposing plans to sell an 80 per cent stake in the US$1.4 billion deep sea port of Hambantota to China Merchants Port Holdings Company. Photo: AFP

China ‘Silk Road’ project in Sri Lanka delayed amid protests over scheme, sources say

Beijing wants issues surrounding port and industrial zone scheme resolved before deal is finalised, according to sources familiar with the matter

Topic |   China-Sri Lanka relations

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Sri Lankan police use water canons to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the proposed sale of a stake in a loss-making port to a Chinese company in Colombo on February 1, 2017. Protesters led by the leftist People’s Liberation Front, are opposing plans to sell an 80 per cent stake in the US$1.4 billion deep sea port of Hambantota to China Merchants Port Holdings Company. Photo: AFP
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