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Closely following challenges faced by SL – China

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As a traditional friend and neighbor, China has been closely following the difficulties and challenges faced by Sri Lanka and feel deeply for Sri Lanka, says Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian.

Responding to Xinhua news agency at a media briefing yesterday (30) he said, "We have provided support to Sri Lanka’s socioeconomic development to the best of our capacity."

"China will continue to work with Sri Lanka to overcome risks and challenges and help it emerge from the current difficulties," he has added.

The Chinese MFA spokesman's full answer is as follows :

Xinhua News Agency: According to reports, the first batch of Chinese emergency food aid arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday. Could you offer more details?

Zhao Lijian: On June 28, 1,000 tonnes of rice, the first batch of Chinese emergency humanitarian aid, arrived at the Colombo International Container Terminals. The Chinese ambassador to Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan officials received the shipment at the port and attended a handover ceremony. The Sri Lankan side thanked China for offering assistance at this trying time and underscored that a friend in need is a friend indeed. China’s assistance once again testifies to the ever-lasting and time-tested friendship between both sides. They said the Sri Lankan government and people will always remember the help they received.

As a traditional friend and neighbor, China has been closely following the difficulties and challenges faced by Sri Lanka and feel deeply for Sri Lanka. We have provided support to Sri Lanka’s socioeconomic development to the best of our capacity. Between April and May this year, the Chinese government announced a total of RMB500 million worth of emergency humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka, the largest sum of free aid the country has received so far since the economic and livelihood crisis hit. Chinese provinces, cities and businesses and the Red Cross Society of China have provided multiple batches of various types of assistance to people in Sri Lanka to improve their livelihood. China has pledged a total food donation of 10,000 metric tons of rice to Sri Lanka, which will provide daily nutritious meals to 1.1 million children in 7,900 schools across nine provinces in Sri Lanka for at least six months.

China will continue to work with Sri Lanka to overcome risks and challenges and help it emerge from the current difficulties.

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