Beijing, September 12th—Zheng Xiaosong met here today with the delegation of United National Party (UNP) of Sri Lanka led by Gayantha Karunatilleka, UNP leader and Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms.
Zheng expressed that people of China and Sri Lanka enjoy a profound traditional friendship, with sustained, stable, and healthy development of bilateral relations. Successful visit of President Xi Jinping to Sri Lanka in 2014 marks that China-Sri Lanka relations entering in a new development phase. Both countries have constantly consolidated political mutual trust as President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited China many times. Under the care and promotion of leaders of both countries, China and Sri Lanka steadily promote cooperation in various fields under the “Belt and Road” framework, with increasingly active people-to-people and cultural exchanges. The CPC is willing to work with the UNP to further deepen the relationship between the two parties, exchange and learn from each other in party governance and state administration, and expand practical cooperation between both countries, so as to make greater contributions to the continuous development of China-Sri Lanka relations. Zheng made a detailed introduction to the vital significance of the upcoming 19th CPC National Congress.
Gayantha wished a smooth and successful convening of the 19th CPC National Congress, and expressed that the UNP attaches great importance to developing exchanges and cooperation with the CPC, and expects to learn from the CPC’s precious experience in party building and anti-corruption, so as to improve its capability in party governance and the art of leadership. The Sri Lankan government will continue to firmly develop Sri Lanka-China friendship, steadily implement and advance cooperation in major projects under the “Belt and Road” framework, in a bid to create more substantial benefits for the Sri Lankan people.