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Wang Yi: China-Sri Lanka Strategic Cooperative Partnership Will Continue to Develop and Move Forward

On July 8, 2016 local time, when jointly meeting the press with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of Sri Lanka after holding talks in Colombo, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that no matter what changes will take place in the international landscape or their respective domestic agendas, China-Sri Lanka strategic cooperative partnership featuring sincerity, mutual assistance and long-lasting friendship will continue to develop and move forward.

Wang Yi expressed that China and Sri Lanka are time-tested and close friends. The friendly relations between the two countries enjoy profound historical course, solid political foundation, strong bond of interests and wide range of social support. China will be the most sincere and the most reliable cooperative partner of Sri Lanka in its development process. China is ready to work with Sri Lanka to continually push forward the development of bilateral relations.

Wang Yi introduced that the two sides will actively promote mutual visits between leaders of the two countries next year and jointly celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka as well as the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Rubber-Rice Pact, so as to continuously inject strong impetus to the development of bilateral relations.

The two sides will, with the joint construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road as the goal, further align their development strategies, improve the pattern of practical cooperation between the two countries, and help Sri Lanka to build a shipping center in the Indian Ocean as well as step up its development capacity.

The two sides will strengthen international cooperation in production capacity in the spirit of mutual benefit and win-win results and will constantly innovate the cooperation pattern on the basis of major projects in such areas as port, highway, railway and airport, so as to achieve common development and common prosperity.

The two sides will cooperate closely to well implement the non-reimbursable assistance from China to Sri Lanka with focus on improving people's livelihood and making up weak links in development, such as building hospitals for kidney disease and strengthening capacity-building for post-disaster reconstruction.

The two sides will strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and consolidate the public opinion foundation for the friendship between the two peoples. Tourism cooperation will be strengthened, and China will encourage more Chinese tourists to visit Sri Lanka for sightseeing and shopping.

The two sides will fully tap the potential of bilateral cooperation in the marine sector, carry out in-depth cooperation in blue economy and marine science and technology, and jointly promote maritime security.

The two sides will strengthen coordination and collaboration in international and regional affairs, and jointly safeguard international justice and fairness.

Wang Yi pointed out that China-Sri Lanka cooperation does not target any third country and does not affect their respective relations with other countries. The two countries are willing to strengthen cooperation with other countries in the region to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.

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