外文标题：Sri Lankan president to visit China after stalling Chinese project
BEIJING: Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, who defeated the pro-China leader Mahindra Rajapaksa in a bitterly fought election recently, is visiting Beijing on Thursday. This is seen as a major effort to balance Sri Lanka's relationship with India and China.
China is upset about Sri Lanka's recent decision to suspend work on a $1.4 billion port city development project, which was being constructed by a Chinese contractor.
Sirisena is expected to make a statement on his government's decision to cancel the port development project. He is expected to make amends, and even go to the extent of promising to resume work at the project site in Colombo.
During his election campaign, Sirisena has vowed to review foreign invested projects and determine whether they were serving the public good. His government took up the review immediately after it came to power.
Dina Nath Prasad
looks like china is loosing busness in asia
Dina Nath Prasad
For Sirisena betraying Rajapaksa at the last minute and snatching the presidency from him seems to be the easier part.But as far as China is concened,he appears to have bitten more than he could chew.And he is not going to have a stable government for a good while.The hurried elevation of Fonseka to a field marshal is a telltale indication.
LANKA WANTS TO HAVE GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIA
Loosing leverage, not business. China not being a democratic republic needs to be kept at a distance, no matter how warmly they come across. It is still a country that is run by a handful of men to serve themselves. It can never be a fair and just player. The judiciary can never be independent. Until it becomes, its the right thing to do. Well done Sri Lanka!