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Sri Lanka key component of Silk Road says Chinese ambassador

Sri Lanka is a key part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese ambassador, Cheng Xueyuan was quoted by Xinhua as saying in an article released by the embassy in Colombo on Friday. 

"The Belt and Road Initiative was a major initiative proposed by the Chinese government and it was aimed at upholding the global free trade system and an open world economy," he said. 

"Under the guidance of consensuses reached by leaders from the two countries, China-Sri Lanka economic and trade cooperation will inject new vigor to Sri Lanka's economic and social development, enable development achievements to better benefit its two peoples, and let ordinary people get more sense of gain," he added. 

"Sri Lanka's black tea, rubber, gems textiles and other featured products will come to Shanghai, exhibiting the charm of Sri Lanka to the huge Chinese market. We believe that China-Sri Lanka traditional friendship will continue to deepen on this new platform."

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