Sri Lankan President Seeks to Mend Ties With China After Port Suspension

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena headed to Beijing on Wednesday seeking to end a stalemate over China's biggest investment project in the island which his administration has suspended over allegations of wrongdoing. But Colombo says the project awarded to China Communications Construction Co Ltd lacked government approvals and in particular has questioned the transfer of 20 hectares of land to the Chinese firm on an outright basis, saying it impinged on national sovereignty. Sri Lankan finance minister Ravi Karunanayake who is accompanying the president to China said they hoped to persuade Beijing about their commitment to tackle corruption in government contracts.