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4 November 2016 04:15 am - 24     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Responding to Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday said he had every right to talk on behalf of Sri Lanka as a sovereign country.

Likewise, he said the Ambassador also had the same right to talk on behalf of his country. The Ambassador, at a recent media conference, said he asked Mr. Karunanayake as to why another loan was sought if the Chinese loans were expensive.

The Minister said if the rate was only two per cent as the Ambassador said, he was prepared to show how it had been higher than that.(Kelum Bandara)


Video by Nadeeka Dayabandara

  Comments - 24

  • YENG LI Friday, 04 November 2016 09:50 AM

    When u bite the hand thats helps what do u expect . now go and ask uncle sam .

    Hiran Friday, 04 November 2016 10:46 AM

    If you can get international loans at 2% p.a., it is a big, big bonus. Why not you discuss with Mr. Ambassador and find a way to get more funds for SL’s development projects. If you read a bit of international finance news, you can see the dire finance situations of countries such as US, UK etc. They all talk big with empty pockets. Do not play politics with development, because it will only affect the poor citizens of SL, not rich politicians like you and your colleagues. Many Thanks!

    Anonymous Friday, 04 November 2016 10:48 AM

    Portuguese, Dutch, English and then came Chinese. They said they are our friends.

    ali Friday, 04 November 2016 10:56 AM

    "Debtors have no choices"

    Dinu Friday, 04 November 2016 10:59 AM

    Bro Lankan , U mean Gota got caliber to do something with Chinese gov even he is not in power ??? I feel like , if u yes ::: imagine how much he can do if he is in power

    dham Friday, 04 November 2016 11:06 AM

    Ok then both of u fixed a debate in TV with facts for debate we can watch rather than talking behalf if governments via DM Android App

    Appuhaamy Friday, 04 November 2016 11:52 AM

    Unnecessary and destructive dialogue at this stage. First of all, the Chinese Ambassador should not have made that statement or to be fair by him; bad choice of words, perhaps.

    k Friday, 04 November 2016 11:59 AM

    I was to know via DM Android App

    karu Friday, 04 November 2016 12:18 PM

    You should have the courage to question the people who borrowed at high interest. This is show business

    Premalal Friday, 04 November 2016 12:18 PM

    The Chinese only help if they can get paid and the dice is loaded in their favour. I have not come across any occasion where the Chinese help in natural disasters. How much help did they give when the Tsunami struck. They are known to help despotic leaders to unload their junk like power plants at massive cost.

    Asanka Friday, 04 November 2016 12:47 PM

    It's OK Ravi. We all know now that you and your government cannot get anything done. China has already implemented proven solutions in this country for infrastructure improvement. You had talks with India and westerns countries and bragged that SL will get loans running in to billions. What happened to those plans? Why talk to China now? We know that your motive was different as you didn’t want to pick China as the “go to” place because Mahinda is more closer to them than your bunch.

    Dan Friday, 04 November 2016 12:54 PM

    This is nothing but open display of stupidity..... god save Sri Lanka.....!

    Pf Friday, 04 November 2016 12:59 PM

    Getting cheap publicity through political platforms are reflecting now from money markets.Shame to Sri Lanka. via DM Android App

    Ranjith Friday, 04 November 2016 01:14 PM

    Those who back China, see what they have done to Zimbabwe. China will try to get in, a man who will go after them> They do not mind even if it is Maravin Silva

    Mevan Friday, 04 November 2016 01:17 PM

    Chinese were interested in getting the chunk of land from the port city project so that they could dictate terms in Indian Ocean. They are whining now because they lost it

    Dee Friday, 04 November 2016 01:28 PM

    We have been brought down to level of beggars. Now we have to deal with it. Thabks to our 'Heroes'

    sach Friday, 04 November 2016 01:31 PM

    It was china who first offered us help in recent floods

    Thanos Friday, 04 November 2016 01:39 PM

    Never bite the hand that feeds you. How much does your western allies loan Sri Lanka?

    Vipula Friday, 04 November 2016 01:48 PM

    I think minister must read the history before make any stupid comment.Before the election they uttered to stop the port city project.I feel he is an infant when it comes to the international politics.The poor diplomacy and the very primitive and uncivilized way of resolving issues of the new government caused many internal and international issues that would remain thousands year creating thousands of complicated issues.This nation is being headed somewhere we never expected.This government is biting the hands that helped us.The consequences of this poor behavior would be more serious than we simply think.

    Ope Friday, 04 November 2016 01:55 PM

    When Tsunami came it was US and EU that rushed to our aid. China only give loans at 7% interest

    Opa Friday, 04 November 2016 01:57 PM

    Googling shows that China is desperately trying to cover up their economic crisis. US is the worlds largest giver of aid and its GDP per Capita ,Wealth ,Income all exceed China

    Lankan Friday, 04 November 2016 05:57 AM

    I am noticing a change in the Chinese Government attitude towards Sri Lankan Yahapalana Government since the visit of Gotabaya to China. Whats up China?

    Citizen Friday, 04 November 2016 06:17 AM

    The less you talk the better.

    dd Friday, 04 November 2016 02:33 PM

    down the hill via DM Android App

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