Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Special Envoy and State Councilor, Shen Yiqin who is in Sri Lanka on an official visit has called on President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Monday (Nov.20).
The primary focus of the meeting with the Sri Lankan leader was to enhance tourism and trade relations between the two countries, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.
President Wickremesinghe has expressed gratitude for China’s support to Sri Lanka, notably acknowledging their assistance in the country’s debt restructuring program. He extended sincere thanks to the Chinese President and the government for their invaluable support in this regard.
Additionally, he expressed Sri Lanka’s desire to augment cooperation between the two countries in the fields of tourism, sports and agriculture also highlighted that both the Hambantota Port and Port City are currently prepared for investment opportunities.
The President also noted that countries such as Sri Lanka, participants in the Belt & Road initiative, are prepared to embark on the second phase of the initiative, which is expected to make a more substantial economic contribution.
The President outlined the measures taken by Sri Lanka to access the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP, while further affirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to preserving the Indian Ocean as a free zone for navigation and ensuring it remains a peaceful region, free from global geopolitical rivalries.
The Chinese Special Envoy stated that China is also prioritizing the extension of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor to Sri Lanka. Additionally, both parties agreed to expedite the implementation of the China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement.
Special Envoy Shen reaffirmed China’s enduring support to Sri Lanka and emphasized her commitment to strengthening the relations between the two countries.
During the meeting with the Chinese Special Envoy, PM Gunawardena mentioned that there is vast potential for further expanding economic cooperation between China and Sri Lanka.