China regards Sri Lanka as an all-weather friend and partner, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Wednesday when meeting with Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.
China appreciates Sri Lanka's stance to support China on the issues of Taiwan and Tibet, said the Chinese President, adding that China supports Sri Lanka's efforts in safeguarding independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and will contribute to Sri Lanka's economic and social development as always.
Under the new situation, China is willing to work with Sri Lanka to seize the opportunity of jointly building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, strengthen mutual benefit and cooperation, expand people-to-people exchanges and constantly inject new vigor and positive energy to the bilateral ties, said the Chinese president.
President Xi hoped the two countries would enhance legislative and party-to-party exchanges. He invited Rajapaksa and other parliament members to visit China to further deepen mutual understanding and friendship.
Speaker Rajapaksa noted that the peoples of China and Sri Lanka have long-held friendship, hailing that China has vigorously supported and participated in Sri Lanka's construction, which benefits the Sri Lankan people.
President Xi's visit to Sri Lanka has greatly pushed forward the bilateral cooperation, he said, adding that the Sri Lankan Parliament is willing to maintain friendly exchanges with China's National People's Congress and promote the bilateral ties.