China has decided to suspend a project for construction of Hybrid Energy Systems in Sri Lanka
by Chinese firm Sino Soar Hybrid Technology, a Lankan media report said. These systems were to be constructed in three northern islands located close to India.
India was reported to have lodged a protest with Sri Lanka in January this year after the Chinese firm got a contract to build solar power plants in northern islands. Sri Lanka had recently awarded a contract to a Chinese firm for the development of East Container Terminal at the Colombo port, a project Lanka had first committed to India and Japan.
The Chinese embassy in Colombo said in a tweet that the solar power systems project in northern islands in Lanka had been suspended because of security concerns expressed by a third party even though it didn’t name India. The embassy went on to state that the same firm had now signed a contract with the Maldives.
“Sino Soar Hybrid Technology, being suspended to build Hybrid Energy system in 3 northern islands due to 'security concern' from a third party, has inked a contract with Maldivian govt on 29 Nov to establish solar power plants at 12 islands in Maldives,” said the Chinese embassy.