Aid to Sri Lanka never at­tached to pol­i­tics: FM

Global Times - - Business -

China wel­comes the re­marks made by Sri Lankan Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe, and the two coun­tries’ co­op­er­a­tion un­der the China-pro­posed Belt and Road (B&R) ini­tia­tive has ben­e­fited both coun­tries and their peo­ple, Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Geng Shuang told a press brief­ing Thurs­day.

The com­ment came af­ter a CNBC re­port say­ing Wick­remesinghe had de­nied the claim that the coun­try was ced­ing con­trol of strate­gi­cally vi­tal ports to China. He also said he didn’t be­lieve the coun­try was fall­ing into a debt trap caused by Chi­nese loans.

“China’s aid to Sri Lanka has never been at­tached to any po­lit­i­cal con­di­tions. The B&R ini­tia­tive will con­tinue to con­trib­ute to re­gional de­vel­op­ment and con­nec­tiv­ity in the fu­ture,” Geng said.

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