China hails Sri Lankan ties

Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai has said that China and Sri Lanka have been good neighbors for years.

The Chinese Vice Premier said this when he met with foreign leaders who are attending the first China-South Asia Expo held in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, the Xinhua news agency reported.

While meeting with Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne at the event yesterday (Thursday), Ma said China and Sri Lanka have been good neighbors for years.

He said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who recently wrapped up a visit to China, reached an important consensus with President Xi Jinping on deepening bilateral relations.

China is willing to make joint efforts with Sri Lanka to aid in implementing the consensus, Ma said.

Jayaratne thanked China for supporting Sri Lanka’s development and voiced willingness to strengthen bilateral trade and cooperation.

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