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)