Indian HC reacts to Chinese envoy’s remarks

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Reacting to recent remarks of the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, on the controversial visit of a Chinese military vessel from 16 to 22 August, the High Commission of India said, the Chinese Ambassador’s violation of basic ‘diplomatic etiquette’ may be a “personal trait or reflecting a larger national attitude.”

The Spokesman of High Commission of India issued the tweets in response to queries concerning the article by Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka which, inter alia, drew connection between militarisation of Taiwan Straits and the visit of China’s Yuan Wang 5 ship to Hambantota.

The tweets said, Chinese Ambassador’s view of Sri Lanka’s northern neighbour may be coloured by how his own country behaves.

“India, we assure him, is very different. His imputing a geopolitical context to the visit of a purported scientific research vessel is a giveaway. Opaqueness and debt driven agendas are now a major challenge, especially for smaller nations. Recent developments are a caution. Sri Lanka needs support, not unwanted pressure or unnecessary controversies to serve another country’s agenda,” he tweeted.