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Sri Lanka drops India and Japan from port partnership

Surprise unilateral decision follows strikes by labor unions

Shipping containers are seen at the main port in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The country's cabinet decided Monday that the East Container Terminal at the port would be wholly owned by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.   © Reuters

MUMBAI -- Sri Lanka has pushed Japan and India out of a port project in its capital of Colombo, opting instead to move forward alone, amid pressure by unions at the facility.

The country's cabinet decided Monday that the East Container Terminal at the Port of Colombo would be wholly owned by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, scrapping the original partnership in a move that has bewildered and frustrated its erstwhile partners.

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