Sept 11, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka and China is committed to its bi-lateral relationship which was elevated to ‘strategic co-operation’ level earlier this year, the government said following a visit by a senior Beijing official to Colombo. Liu Yunshan, one of seven members of the central secretariat of the Communist Party of China visited Sri Lanka this week.
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s media office said the two countries “reaffirmed their commitment to the strategic cooperation that was agreed upon during President Rajapaksa’s state visit to China earlier this year.”
President Rajapaksa had said the two countries should implement agreements reached during the visit speedily.
Liu had said that a planned free trade deal with China will bring the two countries closer together.
Liu is considered one of the most upwardly mobile Chinese leaders to watch and is known for his censorship of state media and curbing online activities of citizens.