The Chinese Embassy in Colombo criticised the US governments’ recent sanctions that ban over 20 Chinese companies from buying American products and called sanctions on countries including Sri Lanka “unilateral and unjust”.
A spokesperson for the Chinese embassy told reporters,
“In recent years, the US has been abandoning multilateralism, and imposed dozens of unilateral sanctions on different countries including China, Sri Lanka and even its own allies, with typical hegemonic logic and power politics, which are strongly objected by the international community.”
“Such unilateral and unjust sanctions from the US that severely intervene other sovereign countries’ internal affairs have no international legal effect at all and should not be accepted and tolerated.”
China Communications Construction Company, which played a role in the Colombo Port City construction, is named as one of the countries on the list that are banned from buying American products.
The sanctions reportedly came as a result of the Trump administration pushing back on the Chinese military constructing artificial islands in the South China Sea. The Trump administration has also recently sanctioned many Chinese companies over human rights violations against Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region.
See the full Chinese statement here.