Sri Lanka: Jaffna University refuses to sign MoU with China, says Beijing has hidden agenda
Sri Lanka and China’s relationship has become more strained after Sri Lanka’s Jaffna University refused to sign a MoU with China’s State Agricultural University, reports ANI.
- Jaffna University refuses to sign MoU with China
- Sri Lankan university says Beijing has 'hidden' agenda
- Jaffna University expressed shock that a "secret arrangement” was made to sign an MoU
Jaffna: Jaffna University Vice Chancellor Sivakolundu Srisatkunarajah refused to sign the MoU with China’s State Agricultural University stating that the deal has the hidden agenda of China to grab fertile lands under the pretext of development projects in the North and East, Ceylon Today reported. Since then, China and Sri Lanka`s relationship has become more strained. The Students’ Union appealed to the Government not to sign MoUs with China against the will of the people. On November 28, Sri Lanka`s Student Union of Jaffna University expressed shock that a "secret arrangement” was made to sign an MoU strongly supported by the Government of Sri Lanka, an official statement read.
"The Students` Union expressed gratitude to their Vice Chancellor for refusing to sign the MoU, according to Ceylon Today. The statement further noted that China, directly and indirectly, grabbed large chunks of sea areas under the pretext of promoting sea cucumber farms and created divisions among their fishermen.
"Now, China is eyeing to grab the fertile agricultural lands in the North and East with a malicious calculation to manage a severe food crisis which seems imminent in China in ten years. China allegedly supplied faecal matter with harmful bacteria as fertiliser to Sri Lanka and compelled Sri Lanka to pay millions of rupees. This is a classic example of how China will grab our fertile agricultural lands and enslave us to manage the upcoming food crisis in China," the statement added.
The statement further pointed out that Sri Lanka became the victim of the present situation because of non-transparent and unsustainable Chinese loans. Even in present negotiations for the resettlement of loans, though Japan and India have supported Sri Lanka`s IMF plans, China has been persistent in its proposal for refinancing rather than restructuring with hidden agendas resulting in disaster, later on, has been clearly visible in Sri Lanka`s recent history with China, reported Ceylon Today.
Based on the approach of China, the Student Union suspected that the Sri Lankan Government has already made secret deals with Beijing to sell the fertile agricultural lands and the seas in the North and East to China.
(With inputs from ANI)