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China envoy said will not interfere in Sri Lanka: Ranil

ECONOMYNEXT – Ranil Wickremesinghe who is disputing a removal as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena said China’s ambassador to Colombo met him to inquire about the current political crisis.

"He inquired about the current situation," Wickremesinghe told foreign correspondents in Colombo. "He said it was the policy of China not to interfere."

China’s ambassador to Colombo, Cheng Xueyuan, met separately with Rajapakse and Wickremesinghe on Saturday.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was controversially appointed Prime Minister Friday by President Sirisena Friday said in a twitter.com message that China had congratulated him.

No other major power has so far congratulated Rajapaksa as a political crisis intensified.

A member of Wickremesinghe’s party had claimed that Chinese money was being used in an auction of legislators.

Wickremesinghe said he was not aware of the matter.

Wickremesinghe is depending heavily on Chinese finance for road building and an industrial zone. China has also bailed out Sri Lanka with a billion US dollar loan at below market rates and seems prepared to give more. (Colombo/Oct29/2018)

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