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  • Chinese workers are seen on the construction site of a Chinese-funded $1.4 billion land reclamation project in Colombo International Financial City, formerly Colombo Port City, near Galle Face in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Sri Lanka’s minister of megapolis and western development, watched the final pumping of sand to create the 269-hectare (664.7-acre) tract to build what is being billed as South Asia’s most modern city. Photo: VCG_Gallery: Colombo International Financial City Begins to Take Shape
     
     
    Chinese workers are seen on the construction site of a Chinese-funded $1.4 billion land reclamation project in Colombo International Financial City, formerly Colombo Port City, near Galle Face in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Sri Lanka’s minister of megapolis and western development, watched the final pumping of sand to create the 269-hectare (664.7-acre) tract to build what is being billed as South Asia’s most modern city. Photo: VCG
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Gallery: Colombo International Financial City Begins to Take Shape

China has identified Sri Lanka as an important link in the Belt and Road Initiative, and Chinese state-owned enterprises are eager to pour their money into projects there.

01.18.2019
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Chinese workers are seen on the construction site of a Chinese-funded $1.4 billion land reclamation project in Colombo International Financial City, formerly Colombo Port City, near Galle Face in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Sri Lanka’s minister of megapolis and western development, watched the final pumping of sand to create the 269-hectare (664.7-acre) tract to build what is being billed as South Asia’s most modern city. Photo: VCG
The Colombo International Financial City construction site is seen from the air in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Jan. 11. Photo: VCG
Heavy machinery is seen at the Colombo International Financial City construction site in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday. Photo: VCG
Cheng Xueyuan (left), Chinese ambassador to Sri Lanka, and Patali Champika Ranawaka, Sri Lankan minister of megapolis and western development, attend the ceremony marking the completion of the land-reclamation project of Colombo International Financial City in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday. Photo: VCG
Sri Lankans work in a construction site of a land reclamation project of Colombo International Financial City in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday. Photo: VCG
A rainbow frames an aerial view of the Colombo International Financial City construction site in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday. Photo: VCG

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Gallery: Colombo International Financial City Begins to Take Shape