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Sri Lanka eyeing longer talks with China on free trade agreement

Sri Lanka last month signed a free trade agreement with Singapore, but Singapore's economy is not as complex as China's, the island nation's envoy to Beijing said

Reuters  |  Beijing 

Sri Lanka wants a longer-time period to negotiate a free trade agreement with China as it is concerned about the economic impact of a rushed deal on their small country, the Sri Lankan ambassador said on Sunday. There has been rising concern in the South Asian nation about Chinese investment, a key part of Beijing's Belt and Road initiative to create a modern-day Silk Road across Asia. Hundreds of Sri Lankans clashed with police at the opening last year of a Chinese-invested industrial zone in the south, saying they would not be moved from their land. It was the first time ...

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First Published: Sun, February 04 2018. 17:03 IST
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