|Xi Jinping Meets with Speaker of Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka|
On September 17, 2014, President Xi Jinping met with Speaker of Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Xi Jinping stressed that China regards Sri Lanka as all-weather friend and partner, is grateful to the Sri Lankan side for its persistent stance to support China in Taiwan issue, Tibet-related issues and other issues, supports the Sri Lankan side in its efforts to safeguard independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, and will provide assistance within its capacity to the economic and social development of Sri Lanka as always. Under the new circumstances, China is willing to take the joint building of the Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century as opportunities, to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation and intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges on the basis of the established sound foundation, so as to continuously inject new vitality and positive energy into the bilateral relations. He hopes both sides could strengthen the exchanges between the legislative bodies and political parties and welcomes Speaker of Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa and other parliament members to visit China to further deepen mutual understanding and friendship.
Chamal Rajapaksa expressed that the friendly exchanges between the Sri Lankan and Chinese people enjoy a time-honored history, and the two countries enjoy profound traditional friendship. China has vigorously supported and participated in the construction process of the Sri Lankan side and benefited the Sri Lankan people. President Xi Jinping's visit to Sri Lanka this time has greatly pushed forward the bilateral cooperation. The Sri Lankan Parliament is willing to maintain friendly exchanges with China's National People's Congress and actively promote the bilateral relations.
Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, and Yang Jiechi were present at the meeting.