CHINA TELLS LONDON TIMES HAMBANTOTA IS A NORMAL COMMERCIAL PROJECT AND NO MILITARY ONE AS THEY TRY TO DEPICT
Posted on May 12th, 2009
By Walter Jayawardhana
China criticized the London Times article that said the Hambatota harbour which China is helping Sri Lanka to build as a refueling and docking station for ChinaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s navy as distortion of facts.
China categorically called the Hambantota Port project as normal commercial activity despite how it is described ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â by LondonÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s Murdoch owned newspaper.
“Any attempt to distort the facts would be invalid,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu in a statement issued in Beijing. He was commenting on a report by the Times of London, which said in report published ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â on May 2 that China was building a port in south Sri Lanka “as a refueling and docking station for its navy.”
The spokesman said ChinaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s relationship with Sri Lanka is based on the five principles of peaceful co-existence.
He described establishing social stability , economic developmentÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â and national reconciliation ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â as fundamental Sri Lankan aspirations.
Hambantota Port project is a major development scheme started by the present governmentÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â with the target of improving the island nationÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s shiping, transshipping , ship building that would simultaneously beef up trade facilities also at Colombo.