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Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi yesterday assured China won’t allow any outside influences to interfere with matters that are essentially internal concerns of Sri Lanka.

Minister Wang also said China would continue to standby Sri Lanka’s interests as a strategic partner and that China stands for Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.

In a statement, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said the Chinese Foreign Minister expressed these views when he called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat last morning. Referring to President Rajapaksa’s commitment to make Sri Lanka economically independent, the Foreign Minister has said that, during the President’s scheduled visit next month, all arrangements would be made to meet with necessary parties that can help Sri Lanka in the areas of technology, tourism, infrastructure and other related fields.

“The visit will be the most productive. Sri Lanka may have less landmass, but will soon be strong economically. China will be with Sri Lanka in its striving to reach this goal,” Minister Yi assured.

The Chinese Foreign Minister conveyed the warmest greetings from the President of China Xi Jingping.

He congratulated “China’s old friend” President Rajapaksa for getting elected to office. Minister Yi said that after the in-depth discussion he had with President Rajapaksa he was confident that already existing strong bilateral relations could be further strengthened.

President Rajapaksa warmly reciprocated the visiting Minister’s goodwill and warm wishes. The President revealed that he was an admirer of President Xi Jingping. He also stated that some of President’s Xi’s policies especially on poverty alleviation were incorporated into his own mandate. He also thanked Minister Yi for the invitation to visit China.

Recalling his many visits to China, President Rajapaksa said “China is not a stranger to me”.

Meanwhile, President Rajapaksa has told the visiting minister that Sri Lanka has to face many political challenges due to its geographically strategic location. “The only way to overcome them is to be economically strong. The economic independence will ensure political independence,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Sarath Wednesday, 15 January 2020 09:10 AM

    More Chinese loans and deals in the offing!

    S.Sangaralingham Wednesday, 15 January 2020 10:05 AM

    Internal affairs must be handled by politicians of the country not outsiders unless crimes are provoked by politicians etc. such as human rights etc. United Nations must be concerned with the human rights violence etc by local leadership to citizens which is not uncommon in various parts of the world

    Mastermason Wednesday, 15 January 2020 10:06 AM

    If I interprete this statement from the Chinese FM correctly, than China won't allow any other nations to interfere in SL's independence. Only China is allowed to do that.

    Premalal .Perera Wednesday, 15 January 2020 10:24 AM

    So China has now become "an insider" protecting us from outsiders. With friends like this who will need "outsiders" to interfere. Malaysia is a good case in point.

    PG Wednesday, 15 January 2020 10:30 AM

    Arent you also a outsider?? Atleast thats what we think

    Borat Wednesday, 15 January 2020 10:51 AM

    Who the hell does he think he is?you are here purely for your selfish needs and so are others. Do you are no exception.

    Ranjith Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:19 PM

    We know what china is doing to Taiwan and Honkong China is after our national wealth Chinese are ruthless people only think about their benefits anyway we have lost our sovereignty as a nation

    rzm Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:49 PM

    may be china dont like to interfere others into chinalanka.

    vithura Wednesday, 15 January 2020 03:53 PM

    This statement by China in itself, is an interference. MR is bound to have a 'red' carpet welcome in India, next month.

    jayt Wednesday, 15 January 2020 05:19 PM

    You have to accept little bit realty. Rajapkses are Chinese relatives, so Chinese don't feel outsiders. in the future, Sri lanka automatically will have many Chinese like Rajapkses with Sinhalese names. So, this give automatic reasoning for Jews to invade Sri lanka with backing of US, EU and Indian. Did you read recent article by Dilrook in Lankaweb? He is one of many thousands Sinhalese spies working for Jews


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