Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference on September 13, 2018
Q: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an interview to the CNBC on the sidelines of the ASEAN meeting of the World Economic Forum that Sri Lanka is not in a debt trap because of Chinese loans and it is not ceding control of its important ports to China. What is your comment?
A: We have noted relevant reports. We welcome Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s words because we believe they are a forceful rebuttal to those baseless allegations that China is creating a “debt trap” in Sri Lanka, and Sri Lanka was forced to “sell” its ports to China.
I would like to reiterate that China’s assistance to Sri Lanka has no political strings, and China’s investment and financing activities in Sri Lanka seek no political interests. China-Sri Lanka cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative will not only benefit the two peoples but also contribute to regional economic development and connectivity.