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China said today it was willing to work with Sri Lanka to steadily push forward the construction of the Colombo Port City, the Hambantota Port, and logistics and industrial parks in accordance with market and business principles.
The offer was made by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang when his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe, who attended the ambitious Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 14-15, met him here today. The B&R initiative aims to link China to markets in Europe and Africa through Asia.
Li urged Sri Lanka to create a good legal, media, policy and security environment for implementing the projects.
The Chinese president urged the two countries to strengthen top-level design and policy communication for the development of bilateral ties, and coordinate positions on global issues of common interests.
The two countries should also promote infrastructure construction, maritime and aviation cooperation to realise infrastructure connectivity, Xi said.
China and Sri Lanka should take the celebration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties as an opportunity to build people-to-people bonds in youth, think-tanks, colleges and universities, media, religion, tourism and local affairs, Xi said.
Wickremesinghe congratulated China for the successful Belt and Road Forum, which had gathered many countries and international financial institutions, and achieved fruitful results, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The Sri Lankan prime minister said his country welcomes China's increased participation in Sri Lanka's industrialisation and infrastructure construction.
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