The Sri Lankans are dreaming about Hambantota. The max depth that can be achieved even through dredging is 20 - 21 m. The Vizhinjam port has a natural depth of 24 meters. The International shipping lane, is less than 10 km from the Vizhinjam port unlike Hambantota which is 20 km away. So Vizhinjam is a deeper and larger port, closer to the shipping lane. Where do you think the ships are going to dock? The Chinese know all this. The Chinese are building the port there for military docking and they will pay SL a small amount of money for that. SL wont have a choice as they need some money rather than nothing. This is the simple reason why India backed away from Hambantota when SL offered it to us. The issue is that our strategists overlooked the possibility of China misusing it for military purposes. That can be corrected however, if strategic situation so demands, by a single 3KT tipped Brahmos missile.