Sino-Lanka to deepen Belt and Road cooperation

Beijing—Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday, vowing to deepen bilateral pragmatic cooperation within the Belt and Road framework.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the eighth BRICS summit in the western Indian state of Goa. China-Sri Lanka relations have seen positive and healthy development momentum, said Xi, noting that China will work with Sri Lanka to carry forward the traditional friendship cultivated by generations. Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties as well as the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on Rice for Rubber, he said, calling on the two sides to take the opportunity to cement traditional friendship and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, so as to lift bilateral ties to a new high. In 1952, Sri Lanka withstood the pressure from the United States and other Western countries and signed the famous rice and rubber agreement with new China, and in doing so, opening a chapter in the history of friendly exchanges between the two countries.—Xinhua

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