China silent on Rajapaksa’s resignation

12 May 2022, 11:38 am
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Watching warily the spiralling violence in Sri Lanka, China on Wednesday declined to comment on the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who paved the way for Beijing’s substantial strategic investments in the island nation, but called on the government and Opposition parties to close ranks to deal with the crisis.

Sri Lanka is currently facing the worst economic crisis and political instability ever after Independence due to manifold reasons both short and long-term.

Skirting questions on Rajapaksa’s resignation under mounting protests followed by a wave of unprecedented attacks on his properties and that of his supporters forcing him to flee to a naval base in eastern Sri Lanka, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here we have noted the latest developments in Sri Lanka.