|Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne of Sri Lanka|
On September 17, 2014, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne of Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Xi Jinping appreciated D. M. Jayaratne for his long-term commitment to promoting the development of China-Sri Lanka relations and prasied him as the witness and promoter of the China-Sri Lanka friendship. Xi Jinping pointed out that I held fruitful talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday, reaching broad consensuses on deepening bilateral relations and charting the course for the future development of China-Sri Lanka relations. Both sides should earnestly promote and gradually implement the plan. The two sides should speed up the negotiation on China-Sri Lanka bilateral free trade agreement, steadily advance major cooperative projects such as the Hambantota Port Project, expand cooperation in tourism, maritime scientific research, maritime economy, port construction, maritime security and other fields, join efforts to promote the building of the Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century, boost cooperation in tourism and facilitate the bilateral personnel exchanges. The two sides should enhance cooperation in multilateral fields, and China welcomes the Sri Lankan side to participate in the preparations for the establishment of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member.
D. M. Jayaratne expressed that during his multiple visits to China, he had met with Chairman Mao Zedong and other Chinese leaders of the older generations and held a profound friendship towards China. The Sri Lankan people are grateful to China for its valuable support and assistance. Sri Lanka is willing to learn from China's successful experience of development and actively participate in the building of the Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century, so as to jointly achieve common development.
Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, and Yang Jiechi were present at the meeting.