- As protests continued in Sri Lanka over fuel and gas shortages caused by the economic crisis, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament on Wednesday that the island nation had received $160 million from the World Bank.
- “$160 million has been received from the World Bank and a grant from the AfDB (Asian Development Bank) is also expected,” Wickremesinghe said.
- However, he said World Bank money could not be used to buy fuel. “We are trying to see if we can use some of it to buy fuel,” the Sri Lankan prime minister said.
China’s alleged attempts to distribute rations such as rice, dhal and other items, to influence foreign officials in Sri Lanka, have been met with strong opposition.
Colombo Gazette reported that the Chinese government was distributing rations, but the CCP brand was concealed in bags provided to villagers. According to the report, the most egregious bribe was the distribution of dry rations to Foreign Ministry personnel.
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Apparently China’s donation to the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry was approved by Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage and the China-Sri Lanka Friendship Association, which received money from the Sri Lankan Embassy. China to procure food products.
A delegation from the Association of Foreign Service Officers of Sri Lanka expressed outrage at the development during a meeting with Foreign Minister Colombage.
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The report in Colombo Gazette said it was not the first time the Chinese embassy tried to exploit the host country.
The report notes that China is already accused of making payments to the government to improve its chances of winning projects while hiding details.