China says relations with Sri Lanka has overcome difficulties

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The Chinese Government says its relations with Sri Lanka has overcome difficulties.

Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang said this when he met Speaker Karu Jayasuriya who has just recovered from an illness.

He wished the Speaker good health in the future and invited him to visit China at an early date convenient to both sides. The two sides exchanged views on China-Sri Lanka relations, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said.

Ambassador Yi said, China-Sri Lanka relations had a long history and during the past one year, after the change of Government in Sri Lanka, the bilateral cooperation has gradually overcome difficulties through the joint efforts of both sides, and ushered in new development opportunities.

The Chinese side will continue to support the economic and social development of Sri Lanka, encourage more Chinese tourists to visit Sri Lanka and further promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, buddhism, education etc.

The Ambassador said the two sides could expand pragmatic cooperation through various projects such as the Colombo Port City and China-Sri Lanka industrial zone in the south to establish Sri Lanka’s fundamental industry system and build Sri Lanka into a regional hub of logistics, information and finance.

The Speaker appreciated Yi’s greetings and said Sri Lanka highly appreciated the precious long-term help and support of China in the fields of political, economic, security, culture and disaster relief, etc.

The Speaker also expressed his willingness to lead a delegation comprising of leaders of all political parties in Parliament to visit China and enhance exchanges with their Chinese counterpart and contribute to the development of Sri Lanka-China relations. (Colombo Gazette)

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