China has reiterated that there are no plans of militarising Sri Lanka’s southern Hambantota report reiterated Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickrememsinghe after a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan.
Responding to press concerns about Chinese militarisation of the port, Ambassador Xueyuan said,
“China never interferes in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs and is willing to work with the Sri Lankan side to push forward the latter’s economic and social development by promoting a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness and justice, winning cooperation.”
Speaking after the meeting Mr Wickremesinghe said,
There is no issue of Chinese militarisation of the Hambantota Port at all. Sri Lankan Navy is the sole military force responsible for the security of the Port.”
The handover of Hambantota port to China sparked several protests in the South, both in public and parliament.