China-built port needs public approval to set up board, says Sri Lanka’s top court

Sri Lanka’s top court has ruled that some provisions of a bill to set up a powerful economic commission in a Chinese-built port city violate the constitution and require approval by a public referendum to become law.At the centre of the dispute are fears that the US$1.4 billion port city, part of China’s sweeping Belt and Road Infrastructure initiative, could become a virtual Chinese outpost or colony.Sri Lanka’s government is looking to the project as a lifeline for an economy wrecked by the…

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