Sri Lanka port deals and security fears

Chinese investment may unsettle some in region.

Sri Lanka port deals may stoke security fears

Teddy Ng in Beijing

China is expected to shore up its maritime strength by securing port development deals in Sri Lanka when President Xi Jinping tours South Asia.

While Beijing is keen to make goodwill gestures to countries in the region, the port deals could stoke fears China will use the facilities for strategic purposes, such as encircling India.

Xi is due to stop in the Maldives tomorrow before heading to Sri Lanka and wrapping up his tour in India on September 19.

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