China says Sri Lanka has a good future

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China feels Sri Lanka Sri Lanka has a bright future under the leadership of the Sri Lankan government.

Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defence General Liang Guanglie said China is glad to see that under the leadership of the Sri Lankan government, the diligent, intelligent and kind-hearted Sri Lankan people are united in their efforts of maintaining domestic political stability and actively conducting post-war construction.

Speaking at the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) at Sapugaskanda the Chinese Minister also called for the opening up a new chapter in the China-Sri Lanka friendly and cooperative relations.

“China and Sri Lanka enjoy a time-honored friendship. In ancient China, Sri Lanka was known as “the Lion Kingdom”. It is a brilliant pearl on the Indian Ocean, a sacred place where many famous monks traveled for Buddhist scriptures, and an important hub on the Maritime Silk Road. It has played an important role in promoting China’s trade and cultural exchanges with South Asia and other neighboring countries.” He said

He also noted in his speech that Sri Lanka is also one of the first countries to recognize the People’s Republic of China.

“Since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, China-Sri Lanka friendship has withstood the test of international vicissitude and we have always maintained good cooperation. This year marks the 55 anniversary of our diplomatic ties. We are ready to take this opportunity to further advance the All-round Cooperation Partnership of Sincere Mutual Support and Ever-lasting Friendship between us,” the Chinese Minister added.