China acknowledges diplomatic contacts with Rajapaksa, Wickremesinghe

China on Monday said it did not intend to interfere in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs, but was “closely following” the situation there, and had contacted the leaders involved in the crisis.

“China and Sri Lanka are close and friendly neighbours. We are closely following in the changes in the situation in Sri Lanka,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.

He also acknowledged that the Chinese envoy in Colombo had met Mahinda Rajapaksa. “We have maintained communication with relevant political parties. The Chinese Ambassador... met (Mr.) Wickremesinghe and the new Prime Minister Rajapaksa...” Mr. Lu observed.

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