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Foreign Ministry unaware of Chinese flag at Jaffna building: Dinesh

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it is unaware of a Chinese national flag being hoisted at a building in Jaffna.

The Chinese flag had been seen hoisted at the office of a Chinese construction company in Jaffna.

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told Daily Mirror that the incident has not been reported to the Foreign Ministry as yet.

He said that under normal circumstances, foreign companies do not display their nation flags at their premises.

However, he said national flags are hoisted at the premises under special circumstances such as a function or event to show links to the mother country. Minister Gunawardena further said this particular incident falls under the jurisdiction of the Local Government body in charge of the said area.

He pointed out that it is essential to see if a function had been held at the premises and if the company had obtained permission and made a payment to the Local Government body to display the Chinese national flag at its premises for the event.

The Foreign Minister said the matter must be looked into by the Local Government body in charge of Jaffna, and not the Foreign Ministry.

This is the latest incident to be linked to the abuse of power connected to China in Sri Lanka.

Initially, concerns were raised over several name boards being displayed in the Chinese language, Mandarin, at the Colombo Port City.the name boards contained Mandarin, in place of the Tamil language.(VYSHNAVY VELRAJH)

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  • 3 Blind mice Saturday, 05 June 2021 07:41 AM

    None so blind as those who refuse to see!!!

    Lal Saturday, 05 June 2021 07:48 AM

    LAUGH LAUGH LAUGH FOREIGN MINISTER. HE IS IN FOREIGN. BECAUSE OF THAT HE DOES NOT KNOW.

    Waco Saturday, 05 June 2021 07:50 AM

    Do not worry about the Flag. There worst problems in Sri Lanka. First Punish Ranil W and Ravi K for robbing the Central. Bank.

    ANTON Saturday, 05 June 2021 08:06 AM

    MUST BE AFTER EFFECTS OF COVID-19

    Jude Saturday, 05 June 2021 08:06 AM

    It's Notta big deal ,!???

    Flags Saturday, 05 June 2021 08:07 AM

    It's okay. North means it's in " Chi-lam "

    Mithula Saturday, 05 June 2021 08:33 AM

    Very soon Chinese flags will be hoisted at Presidents house temple trees and foreign ministers house.Now we can see how patriotic these guys are.

    RP Saturday, 05 June 2021 08:40 AM

    2500 years of island's History is being slowly but surely being destroyed.

    Dee Saturday, 05 June 2021 09:00 AM

    We don't see any issues here. What's the problem?

    Chapau Saturday, 05 June 2021 09:03 AM

    Chinese doctrine .Sri Lanka is a extension of China.

    Samson Saturday, 05 June 2021 09:03 AM

    Chinese flag will be all over as time passes. What is the big issue if chinese money is good?

    N SENA Saturday, 05 June 2021 09:24 AM

    AIYO VASU. ITS OK. YOU MAY BE ALSO NOT AWARE THAT WE ARE AFTER ALL CHIN LANKA NO

    Lumbini Saturday, 05 June 2021 09:29 AM

    Even if there is a Chinese flag on a foreign ministry building, the minister can still say that he had not seen it.

    Jef Saturday, 05 June 2021 09:39 AM

    Sri lanks need to be very careful Chinese are extremely powerful in every way our leaders must be beaware future is not bright when we have huge debts they will make hell for us communism dont believe in democracy..even develop countries have difficulty in dealing...chinese are ruthless

    prakash Saturday, 05 June 2021 09:49 AM

    now that you are aware, please take some action without passing the buck saying it is the purview of the local authority

    Not news Saturday, 05 June 2021 10:30 AM

    What is this is this news cmon people loom at Japanese companies in SL they also hoist Japanese flag also look at our hotels they also hoist foreign flags this is getting pointless

    Punchi Banda Saturday, 05 June 2021 10:46 AM

    Why don’t we concede in the face of overwhelming evidence that paradise Buddhist Lanka is a province of the the atheist Peoples republic of China.

    Labby Saturday, 05 June 2021 10:49 AM

    Now where are all those Buddhist monks who were responsible for bringing the Rajapakses into power in order to protect the Sinhala Buddhist Culture? Where are they now?

    Anagathaya Saturday, 05 June 2021 11:06 AM

    Like the JVP fighting earlier to rid the country of the IPKF, the time will come when the JVP will have to fight to rid the country from the Chinese Army. The JVP may not succeed.

    Sebe Saturday, 05 June 2021 11:07 AM

    Over to you Gen. Shavendra Silva what your people were doing there. They didn't see, why cant they take action.

    BuffaloaCitizen Saturday, 05 June 2021 11:33 AM

    When you have a Foreign Minister competent to be nothing more than a three wheel driver, this statement from him is obvious.

    Simon Saturday, 05 June 2021 12:12 PM

    Government knows nothing these days. No money for vaccines, floods, sea and drinking water are mixed with chemicals, etc. Their only worry is about clothes for Piumi.

    Ding dong Saturday, 05 June 2021 03:08 PM

    Foreign minister knows nothing, must go to school…

    Claude Fernando Sunday, 06 June 2021 08:33 AM

    Please go to opposition where you all deserved, to see all these even blindfold.


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