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Sri Lanka rejects US claims, says no Chinese military base at port

Sri Lanka rejects US claims, says no Chinese military base at port

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has rejected US’ claim that China might set up a “forward military base” at a strategic port it has leased to the communist nation, describing it as “imaginary”.

Last year, Colombo had leased the Hambantota port to Beijing for 99 years after it failed to repay a Chinese loan of USD 1.4 billion for the project.