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China moots trilateral cooperation with India, Sri Lanka

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today proposed trilateral cooperation involving and for regional stability as the new government in Colombo sought to re-balance its ties with China, preferring to follow a "non-aligned" policy.

"is open-minded about trilateral cooperation between China, (and) Sri Lanka," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during a joint press conference with Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera.


"I want to say both and are China's cooperative partners in South Asia," Wang said.

Samaraweera is the first Sri Lankan official to visit since president Mahinda Rajapaksa's defeat in polls this January. made significant investments in during Rajapaksa's tenure, raising concerns in

Samaraweera's visit to will be followed by new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's next month.

The two ministers had a lengthy talk focussed on the new political alignment in following the fall of the Rajapaksa government.

Samwarweera, however, did not comment on the trilateral proposal by

Wang said wants progress in relations between all three countries, including ties between and Colombo.

"The relevant parties may continue to explore discussions about such cooperation in future to think about what are practical ways and means in pursing such cooperation," Wang said.

"We believe that and may leverage their respective strength in playing a positive role in helping advance its social development," he said.

"I believe sounder interaction and pursuit of common interests among the three countries is in the best interest of the three countries and also in best interest of regional peace, stability and prosperity," Wang replied to a question.

He also said and stay in contact over a large number of regional and global issues.

"We would certainly like to have consultations with the Indian side regarding pursing trilateral cooperation in future or cooperation involving more parties," Wang said.

Describing as a neighbour and a relative, and a close friend, Samaraweera said his government prefers to follow a "non-aligned policy with good relations with all the countries in the interest of the Sri Lankan people.

First Published: Fri, February 27 2015. 17:57 IST
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