China formally backed a trilateral partnership with India and Sri Lanka to establish a Maritime Silk Road and promote the rise of Eurasia.
Responding to a question from The Hindu, during a joint press conference with visiting Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi declared that China is open to a triangular cooperative relationship involving India and Sri Lanka.
He reinforced the three-way engagement by pointing out that China would like to expedite such cooperation and see practical measures between China and India, leading to Sri Lanka’s social and economic development.
Wang said China would “certainly like to hold talks” with India on a triangular relationship with Sri Lanka in the future, in tune with Sino-Indian partnership on key global and regional issues.
The Chinese Minister commented that Beijing would like to see progress in India-Sri Lanka relations, which would become a factor of stability in South Asia.