China's state media today said Sri Lanka should retain friendship with cash-rich China as India is "not capable of providing large investment and loans", in the first commentary following the defeat of pro-Beijing Mahinda Rajapaksa in the recent parliamentary elections.
As the new Sri Lankan government seeks to reverse the pro-China policy pursued by Rajapaksa, an article by a state- run thinktank said the former president turned pro-China only after he was pressured by India and the West over alleged human rights violations following the war with the LTTE.
Rajapaksa, 69, was defeated politically for the second time by an alliance led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe who was backed by President Maithripala Sirisena.
Rajapaks'a defeat in the August 17 polls has cemented the hold of Sirisena over the government and the opposition United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its main constituent, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), analysts say.
"Sirisena's wish to get investment and assistance from India is unrealistic. India itself needs enormous funds to improve its own basic infrastructure. Despite (Prime Minister) Modi's ambition, the Indian government is not capable of providing large investment and loans," the article in Global Times said.