Chinese firm gets contract to develop Colombo Port’s controversial eastern container terminal

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To give a blow to India and Japan, Sri Lanka joined hands with China, awarded the contract of Colombo port to Chinese company

Highlights

  • A Chinese government company got the contract for the construction of Colombo port
  • The contract has been awarded to China Harbor Engineering Company of China.
  • Sri Lanka did not specify the value of the contract.

Colombo. The contract for the construction of the Eastern Container Terminal of Colombo Port in Sri Lanka has been awarded to a Chinese state-owned company. The Government of Sri Lanka on Wednesday announced the award of the contract for the construction of this terminal to China Harbor Engineering Company of China. In a cabinet decision, the contract for the construction of this terminal was awarded to the Chinese company in several phases.

However, it has not been told by the Sri Lankan government that how much is the value of this contract. It declared the Chinese state-owned company the winner among several bidders. The issue of development of this terminal of Colombo port has also been the subject of political controversy. Sri Lanka had canceled the tripartite agreement with India and Japan for the construction of this container depot a few months back.

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