Ambassador of China Cheng Xueyuan, has reaffirmed that China firmly upholds economic globalization which brings great benefits to the whole world including China and Sri Lanka.The Chinese side is committed to promote Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with relevant countries through joint consultation, contribution and shared benefits, so as to build a community of shared future for mankind. These sentiments were expressed by the Chinese Ambassador when he called upon Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to exchange views on the economic globalization and joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Sri Lanka.
Ambassador Cheng reiterated that China attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka, and stands ready to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, so as to actively push forward the practical cooperation under the framework of BRI, and bring tangible benefits to the two countries and peoples.
“With our joint efforts, the Colombo Financial City (or Port City) Project, the Hambantota Port and Industrial Park as well as the economic corridors connecting Colombo to Hambantota and Kandy would be progressing rapidly”.Ambassador Cheng denied any military purpose for China to conduct friendly and pragmatic cooperation with Sri Lanka.
“Sri Lanka always considers BRI a great opportunity for its development and gives its strong support to BRI. We are ready to work with Chinese friend to strengthen bilateral cooperation”.
Speaker Jayasuriya stressed that all sectors of the society are fully aware of Hambantota Port. “Sri Lanka attaches great importance to mega-projects cooperation with China, especially the projects of Hambantota Port and Colombo Port City.”
“The Sri Lankan Parliament is willing to coordinate within its authority and promote the implementation of the projects so as to facilitate Sri Lanka’s development taking-off and bring real benefits to the two peoples, the Speaker added.