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China's Silk Road push stirs resentment, protests in Sri Lanka

Demonstrators fear being forced from their homes; deal seen as being unfair

Sri Lankan police holding back protesters who were against the proposed sale of a stake in a loss-making port to a Chinese company in Colombo on Wednesday. Resistance is building over a Chinese deal to further develop the port of Hambantota and the area around it.

Hambantota, Sri Lanka

CHINA signed a deal with Sri Lanka late last year to further develop the strategic port of Hambantota and build a huge industrial zone nearby, a key part of Beijing's ambitions to create a modern-day "Silk Road".

China has spent almost US$2 billion so far on...

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