Chinese President telephones President Gotabaya

Xi calls for gradual resumption of China-SL practical cooperation

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BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping suggested Wednesday that China and Sri Lanka, while ensuring COVID-19 prevention and control, gradually resume practical cooperation in various fields, advance major cooperation projects in an orderly manner and promote the high-quality construction of the Belt and Road.

Xi made the remarks in a telephone conversation in the night with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, adding that such efforts will provide impetus for Sri Lanka's economic recovery.

Xi recalled that various sections of Sri Lankan society offered China active support at a critical moment in China's fight against the coronavirus disease, with many moves particularly heart-warming and touching.

He noted that under Gotabaya's strong leadership, Sri Lanka has effectively contained the spread of the epidemic, adding that China stands ready to continue to provide firm support and as much assistance as its capacity allows for the South Asian country in line with its needs.

The Chinese president expressed his confidence that the people of Sri Lanka will certainly defeat the epidemic at an early date.

Xi thanked the Sri Lankan government and people for taking care of Chinese citizens in their country during the pandemic, and said the Chinese side will continue to ensure the safety and health of Sri Lankan citizens on its soil.

China, he added, is willing to work with Sri Lanka and the broader international community to continue to support the World Health Organization (WHO) in playing a leading role, promote global cooperation on joint COVID-19 prevention and control, and win the battle for the safety and health of all people across the world.

China and Sri Lanka are strategic cooperation partners that enjoy sincere mutual help and an everlasting friendship, said Xi, adding that their friendly ties and mutual trust have withstood various tests and been uplifted once again in the joint fight against the pandemic.

For his part, Gotabaya said that under Xi's strong leadership, China's fight against COVID-19 has made remarkable achievements, and the Chinese people have demonstrated extraordinary wisdom and strength.

Noting that Sri Lanka and China enjoy a long-running friendship with cooperation in various fields advancing smoothly, he said China has over the years provided tremendous valuable support and help for his country's economic and social development, for which the Sri Lankans are deeply grateful.

The Sri Lankan president added that he appreciates the vision put forward by Xi of building a community with a shared future for mankind and agrees on supporting the WHO in playing a leading role in global anti-epidemic cooperation.

Sri Lanka is willing to work with China to enhance exchanges and cooperation in such fields as economy, trade, tourism and infrastructure, and smoothly push forward major Belt and Road cooperation projects such as Colombo Port City, he said, adding that his country welcomes more investment from and cooperation with Chinese enterprises.

The Sri Lanka side, he added, stands ready to work with China to promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

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  • Siri Biris Thursday, 14 May 2020 10:09 AM

    Helping right ? Should do afterall its a colony now .

    Gen Thursday, 14 May 2020 10:09 AM

    Do not trust the Chinese Pig. Best is to get much money from them and kick the pigs out of SL. Soon they will be isolated from the world. Chinese pigs desperately trying to win friends. Use them and kick them out. Never trust the Slave nation.

    Rando Thursday, 14 May 2020 10:31 AM

    What a Joke....The Wold'd Wrecker....Haha

    Talker Thursday, 14 May 2020 11:26 AM

    Wonder whether he talked in English, Chinese or Sinhala?

    Amara Siri Rampe Thursday, 14 May 2020 11:29 AM

    Ha ha... all our problems are solved with one phone call? Wow

    Ram Thursday, 14 May 2020 01:05 PM

    Day are numbered and soon China will swallow our beautiful small country. We already owe them big money and Prez got to be careful of this shark

    Pantha Rajes Kum Thursday, 14 May 2020 01:05 PM

    Chinese government is trying to take advantage during our weak economy time. One day , if we are not careful, we will be controlled by the Chinese. I mean this.

    john harrison Thursday, 14 May 2020 01:12 PM

    sri lanka is one of Chinees colony China owns sri lanka

    CITIZEN Thursday, 14 May 2020 01:30 PM

    GOTA MAY BE ELATED BUT NOT THE POOR PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA. CHINA IS DESTROYING US FIRST BY PUTTING US INTO A DEBT TRAP AND THEN THE SPREAD OF COVID 19 VIRUS

    Ahmed Thursday, 14 May 2020 02:00 PM

    Do you mean his translator called ?

    Rohan Thursday, 14 May 2020 04:18 PM

    You guys refuse to power share with Tamils, Now Power-sharing with Chinese.

    Mewan Alwis Thursday, 14 May 2020 04:27 PM

    Pathetic set of comments by probably belongs to Sajith gang.

    Antony Jude Thursday, 14 May 2020 05:07 PM

    Gota follows Xi Jinping. Both are having similar mentality. God must protect Srilanka from both of them.

    BENJAMIN MCKEY AKA JUAN WAYNE Friday, 15 May 2020 01:59 AM

    REQUIRE AMERICAN VENDORS TO DISPLAY MFG COUNTRY OF ORIGIN TO SIMPLIFY ELIMINATING CHINA MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS BARCODE ID IS TWO TIME CONSUMING. thank you

    Haramanis Friday, 15 May 2020 06:22 AM

    I am surprised at the Daily Mirror Editor allowing comments such as those by "GEN" where he uses a derogatory term to address the Chinese. Of course it also speaks volumes of Gen's character. China has been a proven friend of Sri Lanka since ancient times and continues to be so. We should appreciate their kindness.

    raza Friday, 15 May 2020 06:53 AM

    How can a true friend of any country, do harm to all mankind for silently allowing Covid 19 to spread throughout the World. Politics is a game of business and Money making . All other words ae only cosmetic.


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