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中国与斯里兰卡自贸谈判遭遇障碍

(译者:周天寰宇2)

China trade pact talks with Sri Lanka hit major hurdles

中国与斯里兰卡自贸谈判遭遇障碍

Talks between China and Sri Lanka for a free-trade agreement have hit major hurdles, mainly because Beijing will not agree to Colombo’s demand for a review of the deal after 10 years, Sri Lanka’s top negotiator said.

斯里兰卡首席谈判代表表示中国和斯里兰卡关于自由贸易协定的谈判遭遇重大障碍,主要原因是北京方面不同意科伦坡希望在10年后对该协议进行审查的要求。

China has invested billions of dollars building ports and roads and power stations in the Indian Ocean island nation just off the southern toe of India as part of its Belt and Road Initiative to increase its trade and other connections across Asia and beyond.

作为一路一带战略的一部分,中国已经在斯里兰卡这一印度洋岛国投资数十亿美元修建港口道路和发电站,意在促进亚洲及其他区域国家内外贸易。

But concerns have grown in recent months that such investments can drive the country of 21 million people deeper into debt and undermine its sovereignty, prompting greater scrutiny of deals with China.

但近几月也出现了一些担忧,斯里兰卡担忧该笔投资会将2100万斯里兰卡人拖入债务深渊也会损害该国主权。这种担忧促使斯里兰卡对与中国的合作进行更严格审查。

China’s exports to Sri Lanka dwarf the trade that goes in the other direction, leaving Colombo with a big deficit with Beijing.

中国对斯里兰卡出口额使斯里兰卡对这个出口相形见绌,导致科伦坡方面与北京方面存在巨大贸易逆差。

Sri Lanka’s chief trade negotiator K.J. Weerasinghe said this week that Colombo was insisting on a right to review the free trade pact after 10 years, but China was not ready to agree that.

本周斯里兰卡首席贸易谈判代表K.J. Weerasinghe表示科伦坡方面坚持10年后必须对中斯自贸协定进行审核,但中国并不同意这么做。

Ministerial level discussions about an agreement have not been held since March last year. Lower-level discussions between officials have made little progress, according to Weerasinghe.

自去年三月以来两国还未就贸易协定进行部长级谈判。Weerasinghe也表示官员间的低级磋商谈判几乎没有进展。

“The talks have come to a standstill. China wants to remove the review clause,” Weerasinghe said. Beijing was opposed to such an option because it wanted longer-term stability, he said.

他说:“谈判已经陷入停滞。中国希望取消审查条款。”Weerasinghe表示中国反对这么做,因为它希望保持政策的长期稳定。

China’s commerce ministry did not respond to requests for comment.
The review clause that Sri Lanka wants would allow it to change some of the deal terms if they were hurting the island nation’s local businesses.

中国商务部没有回复记者询问。
如果中国伤害了这个岛国的当地企业,斯里兰卡坚持加入的审查条款允许它改变一些交易条款

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