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Sri Lanka dedicated to ‘one-China’ coverage: President Wickremesinghe says after Pelosi’s Taiwan go to

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Press Trust of India

Sri Lanka is firmly dedicated to the one-China coverage, President Ranil Wickremesinghe reaffirmed on Thursday, a day after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan regardless of vociferous protests from Beijing.

Pelosi held talks with Taiwan’s high management, together with President Tsai Ing-wen, on Wednesday and reaffirmed America’s ironclad help for the self-ruling island.

Pelosi grew to become the highest-ranking American official in 25 years to go to the island claimed by China, which rapidly introduced that it could conduct army drills near Taiwan in retaliation for her presence in Taipei.

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“During a meeting with H.E. Qi Zhenhong, China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, he reiterated Sri Lanka’s firm commitment to the One China policy as well as to the UN charter principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations,” the president of the crisis-hit nation mentioned in a tweet on Thursday.

Countries should chorus from provocations that additional escalate the present world tensions, Wickremesinghe mentioned throughout his assembly with Qi on Wednesday.

He additionally mentioned that “mutual respect and non-interference within the inner affairs of nations have been essential foundations for peaceable cooperation and non-confrontation”.

China’s international ministry has reiterated that there’s just one China on the planet and Taiwan is an inalienable a part of the nation’s territory.

Sri Lanka, which is dealing with the worst financial disaster within the historical past of its independence since 1948, has an enormous debt to repay to China, whose high-cost infrastructure initiatives are broadly blamed for the island nation’s bankrupt situation.

The Chinese unwillingness to restructure Sri Lanka’s debt has positioned obstacles to the IMF bail out package deal a lot wanted by the debt-ridden nation in its hour of disaster.

China has denied that Sri Lanka had been clamped in a Chinese debt lure by funding the excessive finish infrastructure initiatives on the southern district of Hambantota — it’s sea port and the airport dubbed the world’s quietest with hardly any flight actions.

Wickremesinghe’s predecessors, the Rajapaksa brothers, borrowed from China to fund the infrastructure of their house district.

Wickremesinghe because the prime minister in 2017 entered a 99-year lease on the economic park across the port with China drawing sharp criticism from locals.

The nation is now scrambling for much-needed international forex to fulfil primary requirements corresponding to meals, gas and important medicines.

Sri Lanka has seen months of mass unrest over the worst financial disaster, with the federal government declaring chapter in mid-April by refusing to honour its worldwide debt. The nation’s whole debt stands at USD USD 51 billion.

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