Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao says that the Sri Lanka-China relationship has been elevated from one of friendship to one of “strategic cooperation.
He said this when he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this afternoon in China’s Shaanxi Province.
At the end of what he called “very successful bilateral talks and visit,” Vice President Yuanchao said China will continue to strengthen relations with Sri Lanka and to expand cooperation into new sectors in what he described as an equal partnership.
President Rajapaksa thanked China for its support in Sri Lanka’s development and expressed gratitude for backing the country at various international and regional fora, demonstrating commitment to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
The President also said Sri Lanka is inspired by China’s rapid economic development and eco-friendly economic policies and assured the Chinese Vice President that Sri Lanka remains committed to the “one China policy” that it has maintained for years.
Moreover President Rajapaksa renewed his invitation to the Chinese leadership to visit Sri Lanka at the conclusion of his four day visit to China.