China says it stands ready to broaden and deepen practical cooperation with Sri Lanka.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said that the first stage of the railway extension project in southern Sri Lanka launched this week is the first railway project undertaken by a Chinese enterprise in Sri Lanka under the Belt and Road Initiative.
The first passenger train service from Matara to Beliatta was launched this week.
The Matara to Beliatta railway track was constructed with funding from China Exim Bank.
“Its opening will help provide easier transportation in the southern region and give a strong boost to local economic and social development. The people of Sri Lanka are happy with it and we feel happy for them, too,” he said.
Lu Kang said that China stands ready to broaden and deepen practical cooperation with Sri Lanka under the Belt and Road Initiative to bring more tangible benefits to the Sri Lankan people.
The spokesperson said that in principle, under the framework of the Belt and Road, the Chinese Government encourages Chinese businesses to pursue cooperation with relevant countries under market principles. (Colombo Gazette)