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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

China defends docking of its submarines at Colombo port

Type 039 (Song) class SSKChina on Monday strongly defended the docking of its submarines at Colombo port as well as the high interests rates charged for its loans asserting that these were done at the instance of the previous government, brushing aside concerns expressed by new Sri Lankan Foreign Minister.

"We had the consent of the Sri Lanka side in advance," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters responding to Mangala Samaraweera's comments that the new government will not permit the docking of Chinese submarines.

After reports that one of the Chinese submarines docked at the Colombo port during the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last year, the new Sri Lankan government said it will not permit such dockings.

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