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China Reassures Sri Lanka After President Questions Commitment

  • Foreign Ministry says Chinese side reached out to Sri Lanka
  • Rajapaksa told Bloomberg China had ‘less interest’ in region
Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

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China reassured Sri Lanka that it remains committed to helping the country resolve its financial difficulties, after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that Beijing appeared to be shifting its strategic focus elsewhere. 

“South Asian countries, along with the other countries in our neighboring areas, are China’s priority in its diplomacy,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Wednesday at a regular press briefing in Beijing. “China attaches great importance to forging closer good neighborly relations with its neighbors and has worked hard to this end.”