Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Chi Shenhong stated that China’s support to Sri Lanka is not based on a single party or government. He emphasized that China has always supported the people of Sri Lanka, regardless of the government in power.
The Chinese Ambassador made this statement during a discussion held with a group of Sri Lankan journalists today. Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Chi Shenhong said that the Sri Lankan government had slowed down its efforts to provide US $ 1.5 billion in financial assistance to Sri Lanka due to the request of the International Monetary Fund.
Sri Lanka, which has suspended foreign debt settlements, hopes to formulate a debt restructuring program with the assistance of the International Monetary Fund.
However, China believes that such a debt restructuring will have an impact on the bilateral loan program in the future. Is. Sri Lanka has already paid only for 7 ships, and $ 390 million for 12 ships to be paid.
Western developed countries, especially those who colonized Sri Lanka in history, should also come and help, tweeted the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka.
“China is not the only lender either the biggest lender of Sri Lanka. Most of Chinese loans are concessional and going to infrastructure and eco-social development,” the series of tweets added.
Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhong had a free & open dialogue with a group of local journalists on a wide range of topics including #China‘s aid to #SriLanka, financial & economic cooperation to overcome current crisis, people-to-people exchanges etc. today at a local hotel.— Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka (@ChinaEmbSL) April 25, 2022