Chinese connection not an issue to India says Prasad Kariyawasam

Saturday, 01 June 2013 - 12:53


High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam said India is Sri Lanka's "relative and closest friend" and the island nation's growing close ties with China are not in any way a contraction to that.


Addressing a talk at the Foreign Correspondent's Club, High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam said   that Sri Lanka's ties with India and with China are "not a zero sum game".


He added that while ties with China are "very important and very old", the relationship was mainly concentrated on developmental opportunities.


His comments came as Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited China and held talks with the Chinese leadership.


China has granted Sri Lanka a development loan worth 2.2 billion dollars for infrastructure projects and agreed to provide defence technology as well as training to the island nation's army.


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