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Government denies claims China sidelined

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne

The Government, which took office in January this year, today denied claims that it had decided to sideline China.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne recalled that after the new Government took office, President Maithripala Sirisena and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had visited China, so no one can say China is being sidelined.

“Don’t actions speak for themselves,” the spokesperson said at a weekly press briefing held at the Foreign Ministry today.

She also said that the new Government is keen to engage with the international community and is willing to share and listen.

Since the new Government took office several Chinese funded projects have been suspended pending investigations into the deals.

One such project is a mega port city in the capital Colombo which the Foreign Ministry spokesperson said is still being reviewed by a committee appointed by the Government.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had said earlier that the port city project would benefit Sri Lanka and so it should resume.

Rajapaksa had claimed that the new Government was attempting to take political revenge on him by suspending the deals his Government signed with China. (Colombo Gazette)

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Antany Peter

    May 28, 2015 - 14:38 at 14:38

    The West supported the war indirectly, took advantage of the country’s human resources and gave those people good education, jobs and citizenship. What China has been doing? How many Sri Lankan have Chinese, Japanese or Indian citizenship compare to the Western citizenship? The sad thing is, I have to pay 10 times Australian citizenship fee as a dual citizenship fee to get Sri Lankan citizenship. This how you appreciate human resources with skills and knowledge. The truth is you can’t compete with the West with your dangerous ideology. The West has been ruling the world for the last 700 years; you can’t compete with the West with your dark minds.

    http://www.citizenship.gov.au/applying/fees_forms_appeals/

    http://www.immigration.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=299&Itemid=214&lang=en

  2. Dickie Bird

    May 27, 2015 - 17:30 at 17:30

    This Government is full of pro-Western moles.
    FM spokesman Maheshini is issueing statements through her hat. Neither the Masses nor the Government of China are idiots though Mangala & Sirisena are.
    Every week a US $ Billionire is created in China just during the first 03 months of this year as reported by none other than UBS & PwC.
    Further, 06 mainland cities will soon be able to invest directly in overseas.
    Baffoons of this Government in order to suck upto America/Europe/India axis to sideline China in Sri Lanka will loose out BIG TIME. Absolute idiots.
    Further the Chinese are the largest investors of Real estates in NY, Sydney & Melbourne and worldwide rail road projects and host of other infrastructure developments.
    Our Government idiots are attempting reinforce American supremacy in the Indian Ocean and Indian security instead of leaving those matters to them.
    In the meantime, the West is gobbling up China investments. Sri Lanka are left out.
    Go against CHINA, they will throttle us economically & not militaryily unlike the world bullies.
    Idiots of the highest order in the Yahapalanaya.

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