There are never any political strings attached to China's assistance to Sri Lanka, and China never seeks any political interest through its financing for or investment in Sri Lanka, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Beijing on Thursday.
Geng Shuang made the remarks at a regular news conference after CNBC reported that Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday he didn't believe Sri Lanka was falling into a debt trap due to Chinese loans.
"There are a fair amount of Chinese investments. There are China loans. I can't see it as a threat," the prime minister was quoted as saying.
There are a fair amount of Chinese investments. There are China loans. I can't see it as a threat," the Sri Lankan prime minister was quoted as saying
Wickremesinghe denied on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN that Sri Lanka was ceding control of strategically vital ports to China, according to CNBC.
Expressing his appreciation for the prime minister's remarks, Geng said they are "a powerful rebuke to slanderers that China set a 'debt trap' in Sri Lanka or that Sri Lanka was forced to 'sell' ports to China".
The cooperation between China and Sri Lanka under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative not only benefits both peoples, but will also contribute to growth and interconnectivity in the region, Geng said.
Geng: PLA made no incursions into India
Also at the news conference, Geng commented on Indian media reports of the Chinese military's crossing the Line of Actual Control into Indian territory. The patrols took place in China's territory, Geng said.
Asian News International quoted sources as saying that the Chinese military crossed the line at least three times last month, and went as far as 4 kilometers into Indian territory.
The Chinese military was conducting routine patrols in China's territory, Geng responded. "The Chinese border forces have consistently followed agreements between China and India by carrying out activities on the Chinese side of the line," he said.
"President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have met several times recently, and have reached important consensus on properly managing differences and working together to maintain peace in the border areas," Geng said.
"China and India have established between them a smooth mechanism of communicating and meeting over border-related affairs," Geng added.
"The two countries can use the mechanism to handle events that take place on the border, instead of turning to the media for hype every once in a while as this does not help manage differences," he said.
The two countries should work together and seriously implement the consensus their leaders have reached, he added.
HONG KONG NEWS