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Yang Jiechi, Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, left, holds talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A high level Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan leaders including president Gotabaya Rajapksa to discuss strengthening of economic ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

China grants $90M to Sri Lanka after visit by top official

Oct. 11, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China announced Sunday that it was providing a $90 million grant to Sri Lanka, two days after the island nation's president sought help from a visiting Chinese delegation in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps.” Calling the...

Yang Jiechi, Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party, left, holds talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A high level Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi met Sri Lankan leaders including president Gotabaya Rajapksa to discuss strengthening of economic ties between the two countries. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankan leader insists Chinese-funded projects are viable

Oct. 9, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president asked a visiting delegation led by a senior Chinese diplomat on Friday to assist him in disproving a perception that China-funded megaprojects are “debt traps” aimed at gaining influence in local affairs. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2020, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi, right, leaves for his position as his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa walks to inspect a joint military guard of honor, during his ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential palace, in New Delhi, India. Sri Lankan Provincial Councils Minister Sarath Weerasekara said Thursday that India has no moral right to interfere with the country’s internal affairs by insisting on power sharing with minority Tamils, because the regional power failed to fulfil its obligations under a 1987 agreement to disarm separatist rebels and to ensure a non-return to hostilities. Weerasekara’s  speech in Parliament is seen as the island nation’s response to Modi who in a telephone conversation with Rajapaksa last month asked for a full implementation of constitutional provisions that provide for power sharing with Tamil minority regions. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

Sri Lankan minister criticizes India for power-sharing call

Oct. 8, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan minister said Thursday that India has no moral right to interfere in the country’s internal affairs by insisting on power sharing with minority Tamils because New Delhi failed to fulfil its obligations under a 1987 agreement to disarm separatist rebels and...

India to spend $15 million to boost Buddhist ties in region

Sep. 26, 2020 6:08 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Saturday announced a $15 million grant for the promotion of Buddhist ties with its neighbor Sri Lanka. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the offer during a virtual summit with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Buddhism is practiced by more than 70% of Sri...