Hambantota seaport

Sri Lanka’s Top Diplomat: Giving Up Key Port to China a ‘Mistake’

Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage conceded in an interview this week that the nation’s decision to hand over a major strategic port to China for 99 years was a “mistake” and that, under recently inaugurated President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the country will pivot to an “India First” approach.

Indian Navy troops offload emergency supplies from the Indian ship Shardul at Colombo harbour in Colombo on May 28, 2017. Emergency teams rushed to distribute aid on May 28 to half a million Sri Lankans displaced after the island's worst flooding in more than a decade claimed 126 lives and …