Sri Lanka’s future leaders could cancel all corrupt Chinese projects, says Dr Wijaydasa Rajapakshe

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February 11, 2022 6:00 p.m. STI

Colombo [Sri Lanka]Feb 11 (ANI): Hambantota port is a contentious issue between Sri Lanka and China and the future leaders of Sri Lanka could cancel all corrupt Chinese projects and agreements.
According to the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS), Dr. Wijaydasa Rajapakshe, Advisor to the President and MP, has warned Chinese President Xi Jinping that a future leadership in Sri Lanka could undo all corrupt Chinese plans and agreements.
In his letter (January 3, 2022) addressed directly to the Chinese President, Dr. Wijaydasa called the Hambantota port project offered to China “the most corrupt transaction of a very large scale that has ever taken place in the world”. ‘Sri Lankan History’.
Dr Rajapakshe is one of the few courageous politicians to have spoken out against China’s debt-trap diplomacy and had the audacity to write to Chinese President Xi Jinping to “strengthen mutual cooperation and restore mutual trust between the two countries”.
His six-page letter exposed China’s eagerness to entrap Sri Lanka with projects that failed to produce expected results but were funded by unsolicited commissions paid to local politicians, IFFRAS reported. .
Dr. Wijaydasa warned that the next national election, whether presidential or parliamentary, would be combined with a referendum to seek a mandate from the people to restructure or cancel all agreements/contracts that are detrimental or disadvantageous to Sri Lanka.
This would also apply to transactions secured by China through bribery, he said, adding that Sri Lanka would not be obligated to repay loans obtained through such contracts, IFFRAS reported.

Dr. Wijaydasa asserted that “in the event of restructuring, the duration of an agreement may in no case exceed a period of 15 years from the date of entry into force of these contracts”.
He said any deal China made with Selendiva (a private company that leases land to China in Colombo) to take back land in Colombo would be declared null and void ab initio, without compensation or payment of damages. , reported IFFRAS.
Moreover, he launched a scathing attack on both President Gotabaya and his brother, Basil Rajapakse (currently Minister of Finance) over the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill.
The project was launched in September 2014, when Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Colombo to fulfill the dream of Mahinda Rajapaksa, then Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
It is well known that the Rajapaksa brothers, Prime Minister Mahinda and President Gotabaya have had a special relationship with China for over a decade, especially after Beijing helped Sri Lanka with arms and ammunition during the conflict. civilian which ended in 2009.
China’s model of debt-trap diplomacy is well recognized, and international financial bodies and research organizations have detailed aspects of China’s lending across the world.
Earlier, a number of international groups and NGOs gave graphic details of how China had trapped Sri Lanka’s debt on Hambantota. (ANI)