Chinese seen in military uniform at dredging site in Sri Lanka, Beijing rejects claims
As China continues to take control of Sri Lankan infrastructure, the alleged deployment of Chinese military personnel to Hambantota continues to cause concern and all the rage. The ANI news agency quoted True Ceylon and reported that several Chinese men were spotted in military-like uniforms hitting on an old tank in Hambantota district. However, under Sri Lankan law, wearing or even possessing a military uniform while not serving in the military is a punishable offense.
Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, a veteran and former army commander and lawmaker, openly alleged that Chinese military personnel were operating at the site. He said, âMany members of the current government have ties to wealthy businessmen in China, therefore it is clear how decisions are made. Due to the latest developments, the Chinese stationed in Sri Lanka face close scrutiny for their commitments as they take over the Colombo Port City project on a 99-year-old lease with strong government power in their favor. .
While the men wore Chinese military uniforms, the Chinese Embassy denied the allegations and said it was common to wear such clothes. According to the report, China has deployed numerous “companies in Pakistan to protect its China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and it will not be surprising that Beijing deploys its army in Sri Lanka as civilians to protest against” their “port. from Hambantota and Colombo, according to True Ceylon.
The opposition questioned the presence of foreigners
The Sri Lankan opposition party had questioned the presence of foreigners wearing clothing similar to Chinese military uniforms. There appears to be “considerable” evidence that the uniform belonged to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). In addition, the dredging had started without obtaining a permit from the Sri Lanka Department of Archeology. The practice was reportedly ordered to cease as soon as the footage was released, as Sri Lanka is sensitive to the preservation of the ancient ruins.
However, Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister Keheliya Rambukwella dismissed concerns about a possible Chinese military presence in Sri Lanka despite the evidence. He claimed on June 29 that the outfits worn by Chinese workers were similar to the general attire worn by Sri Lankan workers in local auto shops. Additionally, at the weekly cabinet press conference on Tuesday, Rambukwella said that if the Archeology Law has been violated, there are laws the Sri Lankan government can resort to.
“We strongly reject the fact that we were silent and cowardly about the incident,” he told reporters.
(With ANI inputs)