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China calls on Sri Lanka for ‘practical solutions’ on mega projects

During a meeting held between Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on Wednesday, Ambassador Cheng elaborated on the current progress and the difficulties of the mega-projects cooperation between the two countries, and called upon the Sri Lankan government to push for practical solutions according to Sri Lankan Media reports.

Both sides had reviewed the current progress of bilateral economic and trade cooperation and vowed to further promote pragmatic cooperation.

Chinese companies have considerable stakes in a container terminal in Colombo port  and have taken on lease the development of Hambantota Port and an industrial complex near the Port

Ambassador Cheng highlighted the bilateral economic and trade relation, especially major-projects cooperation as the ballast stone of Sino-Sri Lanka relations, according to an official press release issued by the Chinese embassy in Colombo

China stands ready to work with the Sri Lankan side to accelerate the implementation of the major-projects cooperation under the framework of the "Belt and Road" Initiative in order to strive for early harvest and bring tangible benefit to the two peoples.  During the meeting, Ambassador Cheng elaborated on current progress together with difficulties of the mega-projects cooperation between the two countries and called upon the Sri Lankan government pushing for practical solutions.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Wickremasinghe thanked China for its long-term support to Sri Lanka's economic and social development and hoped that China's assistance and aid would benefit more people at the grassroots. The Prime Minister emphasized that Sri Lanka attaches great importance to mega-projects cooperation between the two countries.

He  went on to emphasize his commitment to tackle the practical difficulties listed by the Chinese side. The Prime Minister’s office would urge the ministerial committee on Hambantota development and the Ministry of Southern Development to coordinate with concerned departments to speed up the implementation of pragmatic cooperation such as the development of Hambantota Port and industrial zone, so as to bring real benefit to Sri Lankan people in an early date.

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