|Statement by the Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka|
The Embassy has noticed the New York Times' article published on June 25, as well as the clarifications and responses by various parties from Sri Lanka, criticizing it full of political prejudice and completely inconsistent with the fact.
The Embassy stress that China has always been pursuing a friendly policy toward Sri Lanka, firmly supporting the latter's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and opposing any country's interference in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. It is encouraging that all sectors of the Sri Lankan society highly appreciate China's tremendous support and selfless assistance for ending the civil war and post-war reconstruction in the Island nation.
Despite any interference from a third party, China would like to work together with Sri Lanka to actively implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, and concentrate unwaveringly on our fixed goals, continuously promote the pragmatic cooperations under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiatives following the "golden rule" of "extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits", to better benefit the two countries and the two peoples.