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Wang Yi: Expect Sri Lanka to Become Pearl on "Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century"



On February 27, 2015, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with journalists jointly with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of Sri Lanka in Beijing, saying that as early as hundreds of years ago, the ancient Maritime Silk Road linked China and Sri Lanka closely together and served as an important tie of the peaceful coexistence and friendly exchanges between the two peoples. Today in the 21st century, we revive the Maritime Silk Road to carry forward the spirit of peace, friendship and cooperation of the ancient Silk Road, endow it with new connotations of the times, and realize common development with all countries along the Road. China's initiative on jointly building the "Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century" highly corresponds to Sri Lanka's development needs and development strategies. Sri Lanka was the first country to support the above initiative of China in the form of a government statement, which is the best interpretation of China-Sri Lanka traditional friendship at present. China and Sri Lanka have agreed on establishing a Joint Committee on Coastal Zone and Maritime Cooperation to discuss conducting cooperation in fields such as ports, marine resources management, ecological protection and maritime search and rescue. I believe that China-Sri Lanka cooperation will become a model of maritime cooperation in the new era, and expect Sri Lanka to become a dazzling pearl on the "Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century".

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