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China expects to work closer with Sri Lanka – Xinhua

The Chinese Vice Premier, Wang Yang told the Sri Lankan foreign minister, Tilak Marapana who is currently visiting Beijing that the government expected the two countries to work more closely, reports Xinhua.

“China highly values its relations with Sri Lanka, and regards the country as an important cooperation partner in the Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road trade routes and beyond,” Mr Yang was reported by the Chinese state owned news site as saying.

“China expects to cement solidarity and cooperation with developing countries including Sri Lanka,” he added.

Mr Marapana said, “Sri Lanka considers China a close friend and partner, and hopes to participate in the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and boost cooperation in ports, infrastructure and other areas.”