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India and China Both Send High-Level Delegations to Sri Lanka This Week to Discuss Debt Crisis

Chen Zhou, Vice Minister of the International Development Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee met with former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at his residence during a four day visit to Colombo. Image via @BRISL.

Two of Sri Lanka’s largest bilateral creditors, China and India, are finally taking steps to engage Colombo after months of inaction in resolving the South Asian country’s worsening debt crisis.

The Chinese led the charge. Chen Zhou, vice minister of the international development of the Chinese Communist Party, embarked on a four-day visit Saturday. Then on Thursday, the day after Chen leaves, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar arrives for two days of talks.

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