Atweet by BRISL (an Organisation covering news, analysis & research on Belt & Road Initiative from a Sri Lankan perspective), claiming the “Lanka Princess” Xu Shi Yin’e attended this year’s Vesak celebrations at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing on May 26 and she is a 19th generation descendant of a prince from the court of King Parakramabahu VI of Kotte, has set the internet on fire across Sri Lanka and its diaspora all over the World.
Many Sri Lankans who are already wary of the growing presence of China and Chinese nationals across the Indian Ocean island nation have taken to social media platforms to question and ridicule these claims. Some are expressing anger and dismay over the brazenness of China.
In the 1990s, her identity came to light when a development project threatened to destroy her family’s burial tombs in Shijia Tomb on Mt. Qingyuan. Hence, the history of the Ceylon Prince in Quanzhou was unveiled. Legends state that a Ceylon prince visiting China was not able to return to his country because of a cousin who had usurped his father’s throne at Kotte (more or less, the present-day Colombo) and killed his brothers. So, he stayed in China, married and settled down, taking up the name of ‘Shi’. According to Yin’e, the reason he did not return is not political but simply love. Some even argue that the prince was Alakeshvara, the brave king of Kotte who was abducted and taken to China by the generals of Ming dynasty. After pardoning him, the Ming emperor had installed Parakramabahu VI as the new king in Sri Lanka.
News Source : News18