Co-Cabinet Spokesman – Minister Ramesh Pathirana expressed belief that China will re-open its doors to other countries in the near future.
He said this in response to a question regarding the issue of Sri Lankan students who are unable to return to China after coming to Sri Lanka in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.
Speaking on the matter during the Cabinet briefing held this morning (22), the minister pointed out that China is taking more cautious measures when compared to other countries in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that not only Sri Lankan students, but also students of other nationalities as well as Chinese nationals who had left the country have to face a great deal of legal restrictions upon their return.
He expressed hope that China would soon open up to other countries, and accordingly, would create a fair opportunity for Sri Lankan students as well as for world trade.
China to prioritize SL students
Meanwhile, Chinese ambassador to Sri Lanka – Qi Zhenhong addressed the same matter at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday (21).
The ambassador said, “China has decided to prioritize Sri Lanka as the first batch of countries whose students could return back to China… A few students have already started their process back to Sri Lanka.”
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