Sri Lanka Intensifies Scrutiny Over Chinese Projects

Sri Lanka ordered a review of 35 investment projects on Friday, most of them awarded to Chinese firms by the previous administration, suggesting ties remain fragile despite Beijing's attempts to assuage concerns. The main dispute is over a port city project in Colombo that the government has suspended pending a review of approvals. A cabinet note seen by Reuters said the government had compiled a list of 35 projects which had been awarded without competitive bidding on the grounds that they were of critical importance to rebuilding after the island's civil war.
The note also said "The cabinet sub committee on economic affairs has appointed an official committee to review these proposals and submit a report."
A government minister told Reuters 28 of the listed projects were Chinese-funded.
India, which has long had close ties with Sri Lanka, has been unable to match Beijing's financial and technical assistance.