Written by Staff Writer
27 Mar, 2015 | 1:09 pm
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday called on Sri Lanka to protect the legitimate interests of Chinese companies, expressing willingness to deepen cooperation in trade and infrastructure.
Xi made the remarks during talks with President Maithripala Sirisena, who is paying a state visit to China and to attend the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia.
China’s cooperation with Sri Lanka is based on mutual benefit and a win-win situation, without any political preconditions, Xi said, adding that China wishes to help Sri Lanka sustain its development.
Chinese President Xi called on both sides to make full use of the 40 billion U.S. dollar Silk Road fund and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to steadily push forward big projects and industrial cooperation.
Xi said both sides should work to expand cooperation in health, agriculture, science, tourism and human resources as well as exchanges in military and regional and international affairs.
Chinese President said that he hopes that Sri Lanka Lanka will support China’s efforts to enhance cooperation with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister of China, Li Keqiang has said that China will fully support the activities of Sri Lanka’s new Government.
The Presidential Media Unit said that the Chinese Premier’s statement was made during bilateral discussions held with President Maithripala Sirisena.
The Chinese Premier had reiterated that China does not operate based on individuals but instead on a precise policy and planning.
The Presidential Media Unit also added that President Maithripala Sirisena had mentioned that the bilateral ties between the two countries, that is older than a millenium, will be further strengthened.
President Sirisena had praised China, which has invested millions of dollars in Sri Lanka’s infrastructure since the end of the civil war in 2009 and also supported in the struggle to end the three-decade-old civil war in the country.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has also noted that the Sri Lankan government eyes more cooperation with China in trade, education, science and defense, and added, that Sri Lanka will work with China to implement all the big project agreements reached.
President Maithripala Sirisena briefed President Xi Jinping on the policy of the new government and the mandate given to him by the people of Sri Lanka on January 8 to restore good governance, the rule of law and democracy.
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