China backs SL over US rights complaint

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China's Foreign Minister has offered support for Sri Lanka after the US said it would table a UN resolution against Colombo over its human rights record.

"China opposes some countries' interference in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka under the pretext of human rights issues," Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Sri Lankan counterpart G. L. Peiris in Beijing.

China backs the Sri Lankan government in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, Wang said, according to China's Foreign Ministry.
"We believe in the Sri Lankan people's wisdom and capacity to handle their own affairs," Wang added.

Sri Lanka this month rejected US criticism of its human rights record as "grossly disproportionate", after a senior US official said Washington would table a UN.resolution against the country.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government, which finally crushed a 26-year rebellion by ethnic minority Tamil separatists in 2009, has rejected calls for an international inquiry into atrocities during the civil war.

China has increasingly tight ties with Sri Lanka, funding airports, roads, railways and ports, which has unsettled India, traditionally Sri Lanka's closest economic partner.(Arab News)
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  • support Tuesday, 11 February 2014 08:04 PM

    Who is more important: A waning power or a rising power?

    Uncle sham Tuesday, 11 February 2014 08:09 PM

    SL may not have a clean HR record, but what moral right does the US have to hound us?

    Fawzan Wednesday, 12 February 2014 02:32 PM

    Madique should be a funny creature. It is ridiculous that instead of criminal feeling shame for hisown crime, accusing others for not helping him to cover up his crime.

    Man Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:52 AM

    It has become a habit of USA and two other nations (Canada and UK) who are in need of diaspora votes to come against Sri Lanka now and then. We need the support of key nations like Russia and China to neutralize matters as India is playing double standard all the time. India and Tamil Nadu use Sri Lanka for all their political agendas openly. We after getting peace after so many years is still challenged by so called teachers of Human Rights who themselves grossly violate HR in other countries.

    Mason Thursday, 13 February 2014 04:45 AM

    The World has not forgotten what happened at Tinaman's Square some years back. Birds of the same feather.

    Suq Madique Wednesday, 12 February 2014 01:47 AM

    "under the pretext or human rights issues' at least our friend China has the guts to say so. Shame on the others with their hidden agendas and hypocrisy.

    Public Wednesday, 12 February 2014 02:38 AM

    This made China to put both its feet on Sri Lanka soil and confirm of its occupation of the tiny nation.

    flatwhite Wednesday, 12 February 2014 02:47 AM

    Oh my god India will now shiver along with USA,Canada and UK.

    Commentator Wednesday, 12 February 2014 02:55 AM

    Well said Man!. Only you have the guts to speak the truth!!

    Abdul Wednesday, 12 February 2014 09:55 AM

    Good! now we have chinas support! how many countries more we need to save mother lanka from foreign powers ?

    Roshan Wednesday, 12 February 2014 03:47 AM

    Have to support SL, as China also having issue in Tibet.

    Vic Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:23 AM

    Remember, "Birds of same feather flock together".

    Ranjith Silvar Wednesday, 12 February 2014 05:21 AM

    ITS TIME TO CHECK MATE USA AND ITS EMBASSY WORK IN COLOMBO.

    salla Friday, 14 February 2014 07:51 AM

    we hv always had the back of china/russia /pakistan and should build relation ship with them and the ME along with other EU countries who support SL. Indians should be banned from entreing our country and a big NO NO NO to any one from tamil Nadu the statet of terrorist.


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