|Special Envoy of the Chinese Government Liu Jianchao Meets with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of Sri Lanka|
On February 5, 2015, Special Envoy of the Chinese Government and Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao met with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Liu Jianchao expressed that the Chinese side attaches importance to China-Sri Lanka relations as part of China's neighborhood diplomacy and regards Sri Lanka as a significant cooperative partner in South Asia and to advance the construction of the "One Belt One Road" initiative. The traditional friendship between China and Sri Lanka has emerged stronger over time and should be cherished by both sides. The Chinese side believes that the new government of Sri Lanka will continuously stay firmly committed to its friendly policy towards China and is willing to work with Sri Lanka to fully implement the outcomes of President Xi Jinping's visit to Sri Lanka, constantly enhance political mutual trust, deepen cooperation in the fields of economy and trade as well as people's livelihood, expand exchanges in people-to-people and cultural engagement, science and technology, oceans and other fields, and strengthen bilateral coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs so as to push forward bilateral strategic cooperative partnership for constant development.
Liu Jianchao expressed that major cooperation projects such as the Hambantota port and Colombo port city jointly conducted by China and Sri Lanka meet the need of national economy and the people's livelihood in Sri Lanka and can bring tangible benefits to the Sri Lankan people. It is believed that the new Sri Lankan government will proceed from the overall development of China-Sri Lanka friendly relations as well as the fundamental interests of its national development, and ensure that the major cooperation projects between both countries will not be disrupted by political changes of Sri Lanka.
Samaraweera welcomed Liu Jianchao to visit Sri Lanka as the Special Envoy of the Chinese Government and expressed that Sri Lanka-China friendly relations have withstood the test of times and both countries can be called all-weather friends. For a long time, the Chinese side has stood together with Sri Lanka, offered valuable assistance to Sri Lanka's economic and social development and become Sri Lanka's largest development partner, for which Sri Lanka is deeply grateful. The new Sri Lankan government is willing to establish full contact with the Chinese government, welcomes China's investment in and assistance to Sri Lanka and expects to strengthen practical cooperation with the Chinese side in various fields.
On the same day, Liu Jianchao also met with Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake of Sri Lanka. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on cooperation of major projects between both countries.