China, which was ruined by being trapped in its debt trap, is sitting in silence these days. Sri Lanka is going through the worst economic crisis since independence. The situation has become so bad that people have burnt down the house of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Not only this, despite the declaration of emergency in Sri Lanka, anti-government protests are at its peak. People are blaming the leadership of Mahinda Rajapaksa for this crisis.
However, China has no less hand in bringing Sri Lanka to this situation. Despite this, far from helping the Sri Lankans in crisis, China has refused to say anything. China on Wednesday declined to comment on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resignation but called on the government and opposition parties to come together to deal with the crisis.
Avoiding the question of Rajapaksa’s resignation after the escalating protests, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here that the latest developments in Sri Lanka are in our notice.
He said that we hope that the government of Sri Lanka as well as the opposition parties of the country will remain united keeping in mind the core interests of their country and save the country from economic and political instability at the earliest.
Rajapaksa resigned on Monday amid the economic crisis. Hours earlier, his supporters had attacked anti-government protesters. After this a nationwide curfew had to be imposed and the army had to be deployed in the capital Colombo. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will hold talks with ruling party dissidents and main opposition SJB on Wednesday to end the political deadlock following Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resignation.
Former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is well-liked in China for promoting massive Chinese investment in the island nation, ignoring India’s security concerns, US criticism and warnings over Beijing’s debt-trap diplomacy.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi praised Mahinda Rajapaksa during his meeting in Colombo in January, saying that you are an old friend of the Chinese people. You have been to China six times. We cherish this special friendship and this story will go down in the annals of China-Sri Lanka relations. According to Chinese state media, Sri Lanka has a debt of $ 51 billion, of which 10 percent is from China.