China willing to work with Lanka.


China says it is ready to work with South Asian countries, including India and Sri Lanka, to strengthen policy Srilanka and china communication, identify the meeting point of their development strategies, explore effective ways of mutually beneficial cooperation and common benefit of the region, countries and the people.

The Press Trust of India quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying as making the comment ahead of this week’s annual Defence Dialogue.

Indian Defence Secretary R K Mathur will lead the Indian defence delegation at the talks due to be held in China on April 8-9 during which China and India would discuss a wide range of measures to step up cooperation between army, navy and air force of the two countries.

Significantly, ahead of the key meeting, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said China looks forward to stepping up interaction with India to identify the meeting point for their strategic interests in South Asia, especially the Indian Ocean region.

“China is ready to work with South Asian countries, including India, Sri Lanka, to strengthen policy communication, identify the meeting point of their development strategies, explore effective ways of mutually beneficial cooperation and common benefit of the region, countries and the people,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.

She was responding to a question on China’s Ambassador to India Le Yucheng’s recent comments to media that China wants to have communication with India to link the ‘Belt and Road’ initiatives with New Delhi’s ‘Spice Route’ and ‘Mausam’ projects. 


(Colombo Gazette)

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