The controversial Shangri La Hotel project in Colombo is not the result of an agreement between the Sri Lankan and Chinese governments, which yesterday confirmed development strategies in Parliament and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama. The Minister, who answered oral questions from Christian Democrat MP Nalinda Jayatissa, noted that the agreements between the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BoI) and Shangri-La Hotel Lanka Ltd were signed under the Rajapakse regime. Accordingly, Agreement 228 between BoI and Shangri-La Hotel Lanka Ltd on February 7, 2011 confirms an application for authorisation on February 13, 2011. On September 21 and December 10, 2010, manufactured by Shangri-La Asia Ltd., by 21/F, CITIC Tower, No.1, Tim Mei Avenue in Hong Kong, Shangri-La Asia Ltd. is identified as a sponsor to build and operate a luxury hotel in Colombo as a mixed complex with high-quality residences and a high-end shopping mall with a planned investment of US$238.5 million. In addition, the project in question received cabinet approval on October 20, 2010 and characterized it as strategic development in accordance with Section 3 of the Strategic Development Projects Act No. 14 of 2008. Managing Director Jayampathi Bandaranayake of BoI and directors Madhua Chandra Chandra Rao and Mohomad Sajjad Mawoon of Shangri-La Hotel Lanka Ltd. are signatories to Agreement 228, which was certified by a notary in Colombo, with an area of 4,0469 hectares planned for the project on the basis of a state grant under Section 23 of the Land-Country Regulation. Subsequently, another agreement was signed between the BoI and Shangri-La Hotel Lanka Ltd.
shortly after the unity government came to power. According to the ministry, the new agreement, identified as No. 24 and dated April 1, 2015, was signed by BoI President Upul Jayasuriya and the two directors of Shangri-La Project Ltd. (AH) in 2009, when Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was the first head of government, with the exception of Singapore, to host the summit opening dinner. It is also known that on the sidelines of the 2009 summit, Singapore and Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding allowing Singapore forces to access Australian training centres for another decade. Prior to the 2019 SLD, the IISS deliberately overlooked the fact that the United States deployed huge armed forces in the Asia-Pacific region, but made China`s military strength sensational. Apparently, this is because she did not want to see the improvement of relations between China and its neighbors. It attempted to use the SLD to impose psychological cues and reminded participating countries of China`s military strength, in order to widen a gap between China and its neighbours, in the hope of obtaining illegal benefits from the discord.