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Exchange on Governance Highlighted in China-Sri Lanka High-level Inter-Party Dialogue

2020-08-27 12:26:00 Source:China Today Author:ZHANG HUI
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 On August 26, Song Tao, minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) had an online video dialogue with Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP, also known as Sri Lanka People’s Front) founder and national organizer Basil Rajapaksa, its chairman G. L. Peiris, and general secretary Sagara Kariyawasam.
Song first congratulated the SLPP for its victory at the 2020 general election and spoke positively of its contribution to advancing the development of China-Sri Lanka relations. He pointed out that China and Sri Lanka have been good friends and close partners for generations, always ready to extend helping hands to each other whenever needed.


Song Tao, minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, shows the third volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China to the SLPP leaders at an online video dialogue on August 26.  Photos courtesy of IDCPC

Noting the telephone talk in May between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Song pointed out that the two state leaders had charted the course for the development of bilateral relations. He indicated that the CPC intends to implement the important consensus reached by the two leaders together with the SLPP, bring the political guiding role of exchanges between ruling parties into play, and advance bilateral high-quality cooperation in the joint construction of the Belt and Road, thus bringing more benefit to peoples of the two countries.

As a highlight of the dialogue meeting, Song briefed the SLPP leaders on some of the major content of the third volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China, and shared the CPC’s experience in Party building. Song indicated that the people-centered development concept of the CPC tallies with the SLPP’s people-oriented policy. He expected the two parties to strengthen exchange on governance and support each other in issues concerning their core interests, thus cementing the political basis of the relationship between the two countries.


China-Sri Lanka High-level Inter-Party Dialogue is held via video link on August 26.

The SLPP leaders indicated that Sri Lanka and China are good friends and good partners who have offered staunch support to each other when needed. They appreciated China’s assistance and support in Sri Lanka’s epidemic prevention and control, as well as its economic and social development. Having attached great importance to studying General Secretary Xi Jinping’s thoughts on governance, the SLPP leaders look forward to reading the third volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China. They thought the CPC’s governance concepts and experience are of great value to the SLPP. The Sri Lankan party stands ready to deepen inter-party exchanges with the CPC, enhance mutual trust between both countries, deepen the friendship between two peoples, and further advance Sri Lanka-China relations.

Vice minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee Guo Yezhou also attended the video dialogue. 

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