India seeks edge over China as Modi visits Sri Lanka

March 13, 2015 11:53 AM

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India seeks edge over China as Modi visits Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (Reuters) - When Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena received India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an ocean-front colonial building on Friday, the two looked out over a $1.4 billion Chinese real estate project halted days ago after criticism from New Delhi.

The vista will have pleased Modi, whose government strongly opposed the land reclamation project inaugurated by China's President Xi Jinping last year under a deal that gives China ownership of a patch of land overlooking a strategic port.

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