Colombo: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday on various issues, including promoting tourism, investment and the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
China and Sri Lanka are celebrating the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Wang is also State Counselor. On Saturday, he arrived from Maldives on a two-day visit. During his visit, he will meet the top leadership of Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Twitter that he had a good meeting with Wang.
“The meeting with the Foreign Minister of China was good. There were discussions on the return of Sri Lankan students to China. Also, there were talks on various issues like tourism, investment, relief from Kovid-19 to Sri Lanka and the aftermath – preparedness for the coronavirus pandemic,” hE said.
Rajapaksa also thanked the Chinese government for its continued support to Sri Lanka.
“I thank China and its people for the continued support of Sri Lanka. Our two countries are celebrating the 65th anniversary of bilateral relations. I hope that this relationship will only grow and strengthen in the coming years.”,” They said,
Significantly, with the beginning of the new year, China’s efforts to establish dominance among India’s traditional allies in the South Asian region have intensified.
Recently, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi assured the Mohamed Saleh government of Maldives of support for its infrastructure and social development there. Significantly, the Chinese Foreign Minister has also visited Eritrea, Kenya and Comoros.
Indeed, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been a supporter of China for a long time. However, his government has also indicated that it will look after India’s interests. On the other hand, China is constantly taunting India’s allies.
According to sources, India is closely watching China’s growing interest in neighboring countries and countries in the Indian Ocean region.
First published:January 9, 2022, 6:27 pm