China believes that Sri Lanka will soon recover from the current economic crisis and the country will surely overcome the temporary difficulties as soon as possible and usher in renewed and greater development.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin told the media that China has been providing assistance to Sri Lanka’s economic and social development to the best of its capacity and will continue to do so in the future.
He added that China, as a great friend of Sri Lanka, never interferes in its internal affairs and always comes forward and extends a helping hand when Sri Lanka faces difficulties, which Sri Lanka will always remember.
He also added that the signing of the Rubber-Rice Pact proves the long history of Sri Lanka and China and the Rubber-Rice Pact demonstrates the two countries’ national character in the fight against hegemony and power politics.
“China firmly supports Sri Lanka in safeguarding national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. China is ready to work with Sri Lanka to carry forward the spirit of the Rubber-Rice Pact characterized by independence, self-reliance, unity and mutual support, further deepen political mutual trust, fight against the epidemic together, synergize development strategies, promote multilateralism and consolidate and expand the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership. We will make good use of the two flagship projects of Colombo Port City and Hambantota Port to help Sri Lanka realize its “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour”, and better deliver benefits to the two countries and peoples”, he added.
Spokesperson Wang Wenbin is also of the view that it is untrue to say that Chinese investments are expensive and not profitable. “China-Sri Lanka cooperation is mutually beneficial and has been warmly welcomed by all sectors in Sri Lanka”, he added.