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Top Chinese legislator meets Sri Lankan PM, Samoan vice PM


16:20, September 08, 2011

Wu Bangguo (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, meets with Sri Lankan Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, who is here to attend the opening ceremony of the 15th China International Fair for Investment and Trade, in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province, Sept. 7, 2011. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

XIAMEN, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Top legislator Wu Bangguo met with Sri Lankan Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne and Samoan Vice Prime Minister Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo on Wednesday in southeast China's coastal city of Xiamen. The two foreign leaders came to the city to attend the 15th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT).

During his meeting with Jayaratne, Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, said China will encourage Chinese companies, especially large enterprises, to take part in Sri Lanka's development and expand trade and investment with the country in order to realize mutual benefit and common development.

Wu also pledged to bolster Sino-Sri Lankan cooperation in areas including infrastructure, the exploitation of energy and resources and tourism.

Speaking highly of the countries' bilateral relations, Wu expressed appreciation of Sri Lanka's support for China regarding issues related to Taiwan and Tibet.

China will continue to support Sri Lanka's efforts to safeguard its national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as respect Sri Lanka's path of development and its domestic and foreign policies, Wu said.

Jayaratne said that he appreciates China's long-standing support, saying that it has served to boost Sri Lanka's development.

Jayaratne also vowed to work with China to increase the strength of bilateral ties.

During his meeting with Fonotoe, Wu said that China is willing to advance bilateral ties with Samoa.

Noting that Samoa was one of the first Pacific island countries to establish diplomatic ties with China, Wu stated that both countries have increased their cooperation in several fields in recent years.

Wu also said that all countries, big or small, rich or poor, should be equal in the international community.

Fonotoe said that he came to China with the aim of attracting more investment and deepening bilateral cooperation in economics and trade.

The rapid growth of the Chinese economy has created great opportunities for both countries to enhance cooperation, he said.

The CIFIT kicked off on Wednesday and has attracted groups from 108 countries and regions, as well as 10 international organizations.

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