China tries to win over critics of the new Silk Road

A Chinese engineer watches the excavation process at the construction site for the new deep water shipping port in Hambantota, 240 km (150 miles) southeast of Colombo, March 24, 2010. The port is a joint venture between Sri Lanka and China, and when completed, will be the largest port in the country and expects to attract more then 100 vessels a day. China was the largest foreign funding source for Sri Lanka in 2009 with $1.2 billion. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds  (SRI LANKA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TRANSPORT CONSTRUCTION) - GM1E63O1TAG01

Hambantota port was taken into Chinese hands after Sri Lanka defaulted on debt payments. Image: REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

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