|Wang Yi Speaks with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on the Phone|
On February 24, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the latter's request.
Wang Yi said that China and Sri Lanka are strategic cooperative partners of sincere mutual assistance and lasting friendship. Over the past year, the two countries supported each other and joined hands to fight against the pandemic, sustaining a strong momentum for the development of bilateral relations. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). China has won the victory of eradicating extreme poverty and achieved great results in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and will embark on a new journey toward fully building a modern socialist country. China's development means a growing force for peace and the growth of developing countries, which will provide more development opportunities for developing countries, including Sri Lanka.
Wang Yi said that China is ready to enhance anti-pandemic cooperation with Sri Lanka, continue to provide vaccine assistance to the country and take concrete actions to help Sri Lanka defeat the pandemic at an early date. The two sides need to make solid progress in Belt and Road cooperation, turning the Colombo Port City and the Hambantota Port into two major engines to boost Sri Lanka's economic development, pushing for Sri Lanka's industrialization, and enhancing the country's capacity for independent development.
Dinesh Gunawardena said that Sri Lanka regards China as its closest friend and sincerely thanks China for its long-term, selfless help for Sri Lanka's economic development, improvement of people's livelihood, and coping with internal and external challenges. In recent years, some Western countries led by the United States, have once again exploited the human rights issues, and without any solid evidence, accused developing countries including Sri Lanka in the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. He hopes that China will continue to uphold justice and stand with developing countries.
Wang Yi said that some Western countries are used to pressuring developing countries on the pretext of human rights. China firmly opposes this act and is willing to unswervingly support each other with Sri Lanka to jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, the basic norms governing international relations, and the purposes and principles of the UN Charter including non-interference in other countries' internal affairs.
Dinesh Gunawardena warmly congratulated China on the 100th anniversary of the CPC's founding, saying that China has, under the leadership of the CPC, completely lifted itself out of poverty, made great development achievements, and significantly improved the livelihood of its people. China has also led other countries on the way towards common development, and made vital contribution to human civilization. Sri Lanka appreciates China's fair stance on human rights issues and is willing to join hands with China to safeguard fairness and justice in regional and international affairs.