President Welcomed in China


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and the delegation were welcomed at a grand reception in Beijing by Chinese President Xi Jinping this morning.

Sri Lanka’s new president Maithripala Sirisena held talks on Thursday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid a push to recalibrate his predecessor’s strongly pro-China policies and a review of major Chinese projects in the island nation.

Mr. Sirisena and Mr. Xi reaffirmed longstanding ties between their countries at the start of their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing. The talks kicked off Sirisena’s first visit to the Asian giant since taking office in January and follow his recent trip to neighbor and Chinese rival India.

In opening remarks, Mr. Xi said China considers Sri Lanka a strategic partner and wants to “again promote and elevate the China-Sri Lanka relationship to fulfill an important purpose.”