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Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi was reported to have told former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his entourage that China was opposed to any ‘external intervention’ in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka and the use of human rights as a political tool.

Former external affairs minister G.L. Peiris, who was one of those who accompanied Mr. Rajapaksa on a visit to China last week, said Mr. Jiechi was the principal officer of Chinese President Xi Jinping on foreign affairs.

Mr. Jiechi has said China believed that Sri Lanka was capable of handling its own affairs.

Members of Mr. Rajapaksa’s delegation said they were not opposed to economic development projects beneficial to Sri Lankans and warned that the allocation of 15,000 acres of land for a Chinese investment project would be resisted by the people.

They said it would have been ideal to stick to the original proposal of setting aside 750 acres of land for the project as initially envisaged and if necessary to be increased gradually.

Mr. Jiechi, who is a former foreign affairs minister, is in terms of protocol ranks above the Chinese foreign affairs minister. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Lanki Friday, 02 December 2016 06:31 PM

    China mentioning this alone is foreign interference! China has no right to comment anything about Sri Lanka. If you ask African Nations what China has done to their countries one will realize the ill effect of Chinese interference.

    Sujeewa Friday, 02 December 2016 06:48 PM

    With the triumph of Mr Donald Trump, the world will be different. Leaders like MR and Gota who eradicated 30 yrs of terror will be kings. Not those who eat hoppers and do somersaults.

    vithura Friday, 02 December 2016 06:51 PM

    China denies its own populace democracy, freedom of speech freedom of choice and abuses human rights to the hilt; with such abysmal record China has no right to advise other nations.

    TJ Friday, 02 December 2016 07:04 PM

    Not only China, all rouge nations oppose foreign interference in Srilanka

    Kadiya Friday, 02 December 2016 08:02 PM

    Is this after MR's visit to China? If so he's been snitching to China about Yahapalanaya!

    ali Friday, 02 December 2016 08:18 PM

    We don't take serious or official the discussions held among a State Councillor, a former president and a former foreign minister.

    Lankan Friday, 02 December 2016 08:49 PM

    Except China?

    Keep dreaming Friday, 02 December 2016 10:09 PM

    MR's days of despotic rule, corruption and nepotism are over, just get used to it. He's just another thug who abused his authority, not a hero. The true hero was the one MR locked up in jail.

    das Friday, 02 December 2016 10:10 PM

    So he went to China to ask them to interfere and sabotage SL?

    Tikka Saturday, 03 December 2016 01:50 PM

    China is not a fair-weather friend. We love China.

    RanjitS Saturday, 03 December 2016 06:45 AM

    MR has gone to China to stop loans and financial benefits to SL from China. What a culprit he is!!


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