Ex-President extends conditional support to mega Chinese investment
Posted on April 2nd, 2017
By Norman Palihawadana Courtesy The Island
April 2, 2017, 10:48 pm
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has offered conditional support to a mega Chinese investment project in the Hambantota District.
Former President Rajapaksa yesterday told The Island that his support would depend on the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government and China agreeing to adopt the original investment plan finalised during his administration.
Dismissing allegations that he had planned to sell land in Hambantota to the Chinese, the former President said that during a visit to Beijing last year he had explained the situation. “The extent of land we planned to hand over in Hambantota was much smaller,” he said.