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WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Premier Li Qiang Said Beijing Will Assist Sri Lanka in Its Debt Restructuring Process

China's Premier Li Qiang speaking during the ASEAN summit in Jakarta. Image: Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang provided fresh assurances on Tuesday to his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena that Beijing will assist Colombo in its debt restructuring process. Gunawardena is visiting Beijing this week and raised the issue of Sri Lanka’s $7.1 billion outstanding loans owed to Chinese creditors. (COLOMBO GAZETTE

A Chinese-owned oil tanker in the Red Sea issued a distress call after Iran-backed Houthi militants fired a ballistic missile at the vessel. Saturday’s attack caused only minor damage and came just days after the Houthis restated their pledge to not attack Chinese or Russian ships. (@CENTCOM)

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