Backed Construction Project

March 6, 2015 3:18 AM

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Backed Construction Project

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Sri Lanka’s new government Thursday ordered a halt to work on a massive Chinese-backed construction project as it weighs the legality of the undertaking and reassesses the country’s commercial ties with Beijing.

After a review board said the $1.4 billion development spearheaded by a Chinese state-owned company appeared to lack required approvals, the cabinet decided to “temporarily and immediately suspend” operations there, a government spokesman said.

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