China, Sri Lanka vow to strengthen all-round cooperation

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and visiting Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan said Wednesday that the two countries are determined to push forward the all-round and cooperative partnership.

During their talks, Rajapakse said that the two countries enjoyed long-term friendliness and Sri Lanka's new government will continue to carry out friendly policy toward China and dedicate to the all-round cooperation.

Tang said that the Chinese government will continue to develop all-round cooperation with the Sri Lankan government.

Rajapakse thanked the Chinese government's sincere help to Sri Lankan in a long period, especially after the country was hit by tsunami in 2004.

He hoped that the two countries expand cooperation in such fields as trade, investment, infrastructure, energy and tourism.

Tang said that the two sides should fully implement the Hambantota Port Development Project, Norochcholai Coal Power Project and other large-scale cooperative programs already agreed by the two sides.

He said that China will repair Sri Lanka's fishery docks damaged by the tsunami at a faster speed, adding that China will provide assistance to Sri Lanka for the 10th South Asian Games.

Rajapakse stressed that the Sri Lankan government firmly pursues the one-China policy and opposes secession activities of whatever form.

He said that Sri Lanka will continue to support China on the Tibet issue.

Tang said China welcomed the resumption of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

He hoped the peace process will continue and the political negotiation will lead to the peaceful solution of the country's ethnic issue, resulting in the improvement of its economy.

Rajapakse expressed gratitude to Tang for the Chinese government's support to Sri Lanka's efforts in safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The two sides agreed to strengthen coordination and cooperation on the international and regional affairs. They also expressed their support that the next UN Secretary-General should come from an Asia country.

China and Sri Lanka signed three economic and technical agreements after the talks.

Tang also met with Karu Jayasuriya, deputy leader of Sri Lanka's major opposition United National Party.

Tang arrived here on Tuesday. He is scheduled to leave for Nepal on Thursday to continue his South Asian trip.

Source: Xinhua

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