Sri Lanka Crisis Update: China, which has invested billions of dollars in Sri Lanka, has warned hundreds of its citizens present there not to take part in any protests. China is closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka, where anti-government protesters stormed the presidential residence and set fire to the private residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Both the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka have announced their resignation.
The Chinese embassy in Colombo issued a notice on Saturday, instructing Chinese citizens in Sri Lanka to pay close attention to the local security situation and comply with local laws and regulations in view of the outbreak of protests, according to the government-controlled newspaper Global Times. . According to the newspaper, Chinese citizens have been told not to participate in any demonstration.
What did China tell its citizens?
The embassy asked Chinese citizens neither to participate in any demonstration, nor to come out to see any demonstration. The embassy also suggested that Chinese citizens be vigilant, stay safe, avoid going out and be aware of the embassy notices and information given from time to time. Hundreds of Chinese citizens work in various Chinese projects being built in Sri Lanka with billions of dollars of investment. These projects include Hambantota port and Colombo port city project.
China denies monetary aid to Sri Lanka
China has provided a few hundred thousand dollars in aid to Sri Lanka, which is facing economic crisis and recently sent a large consignment of rice, but the Chinese loan was given by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa or his brother former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The massive monetary assistance sought to defer the payment of Rs. The reason behind this refusal of China is not clear.