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Sri Lanka port built with Chinese help

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A vast new port facility is being built in the Sri Lankan town of Hambantota, eight months after the end of the country's civil war.

Western countries criticised the Sri Lankan army's conduct in the war, and the government is now looking east for support.

China has stepped in to help build the port, which, it is thought, could one day serve a military purpose.

Charles Haviland gained exclusive access to the facility.

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