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China reacts cautiously to Wickremesinghe’s appointment

(KJM Verma)

Beijing, May 13 (PTI) China, one of Sri Lanka’s biggest lenders, on Friday reacted sharply to the appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as the country’s prime minister, saying it supports the government’s efforts to maintain stability in the country. Is.

Wickremesinghe has replaced Mahinda Rajapaksa who was considered pro-China.

“As a traditionally friendly country to Sri Lanka, we are closely monitoring new developments and support the Sri Lankan government’s effort to maintain stability,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters here. “

He was questioned about China’s reaction to the appointment of United National Party (UNP) leader Wickremesinghe. Wickremesinghe has in the past ordered a probe into Chinese investments. Apart from this, the spokesperson was also asked whether China, like India, would also offer debt relief from Sri Lanka.

The spokesman reiterated China’s earlier call to all political parties in Sri Lanka to maintain solidarity, maintain stability and overcome difficulties together. However, he did not give any indication whether China would take any steps like India to help the debt-ridden Sri Lanka. India has committed more than USD 3 billion through loans, letters of credit etc. since January this year.

“On the loan issue, we have made our position very clear many times. We will continue to work with Sri Lanka to stay in touch, and help Sri Lanka to restore political, social and economic stability as quickly as possible.”

It is noteworthy that China has so far kept silent on the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mahindra paved the way for China’s important strategic investment in Sri Lanka

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