China Supports Sri Lanka & India against Sri Lanka
India voted against Sri Lanka.
India, which normally does not vote on nation-specific resolutions, made a last-minute departure in the current instance after overwhelming pressure from parties in Tamil Nadu to vote against Sri Lanka.
Interestingly, India's neighbours China, Pakistan and Bangladesh, voted against the motion. Maldives said the resolution was not necessary and Sri Lanka should be given time to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
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China backs Sri Lanka on UNHRC resolution
China on Thursday expressed its strong opposition to a proposed United States-backed resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) calling on Sri Lanka to address rights violations, describing it as a move to “impose pressure.”
Ahead of the crucial vote in Geneva, the Chinese government went as far as saying that Sri Lanka had made “great strides” in promoting human rights and towards achieving national reconciliation, underscoring its support to an under-pressure Sri Lankan government.
“We oppose using a country-specific human rights resolution to impose pressure,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei told reporters on Thursday. “We believe the Sri Lankan government and people are capable of handling their own affairs.”
Mr. Hong said China believed that “dialogue and cooperation is the fundamental way out for the human rights dispute”.
“In recent years, in terms of promoting human rights and realising national reconciliation, Sri Lanka has made great strides,” he said.
China’s view, he added, was that the international community should play “a constructive role” in helping Sri Lanka achieve stability.
The two countries pledged to deepen their strategic ties earlier this month when Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited Beijing.
Mr. Rajapaksa “expressed thanks for China’s support in the process of Sri Lanka ending the civil war and pushing reconstruction and development,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted him as telling Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie. China boosted its military support to Sri Lanka during the closing stages of the war.
Mr. Liang stressed that China “will continue to support Sri Lanka’s efforts in safeguarding state independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
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