China will extend financial assistance amounting to $500
million to Sri Lanka to help the island nation combat COVID19 that has
affected 50 persons so far. One patient has recovered, authorities said.
According to a press statement from the Chinese Embassy here,
the Finance Ministry of Sri Lanka and the China Development Bank (CDB) on
Wednesday signed the agreement, with “big concessional terms on both interest
and tenure”, at Temple Trees, the official residence of Prime Minister
“The facility was urgently requested by the Sri Lankan
government and supported by the Chinese side, under current financial situation
in Sri Lanka and the background of fighting COVID-19 pandemic with all-out
efforts,” the Chinese Embassy’s statement said.
The maturity period of 10 years, the statement said, is the
“longest tenure” of financing facility for Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka and China enjoy
strong ties, including development cooperation in key infrastructure projects in
In February, President GotabayaRajapaksa gifted a consignment of
Ceylon Tea to the Chinese Embassy, to be sent to those affected by COVID-19 in