Joint Communique of the People s Republic of China and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
2013-06-06
 

 

1.   At the invitation of His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka paid a State Visit to the People’s Republic of China from 27th – 30th of May, 2013.

 

2.   During the visit, His Excellency President Rajapaksa held bilateral talks with his Excellency President Xi Jinping and also met His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council, and His Excellency Li Yuanchao, Vice President of China.  Besides, His Excellency President Rajapaksa attended and addressed the Global Services Forum-Beijing Summit held in Beijing on 29th May, and also attended and addressed the 2013 International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) Special Conference on “Promote Green Development & Build a Beautiful Asia Together” in Xian on 30th May.

 

3.   The two sides spoke highly of ChinaSri Lanka traditional friendship, and reviewed with satisfaction the progress made in strengthening bilateral relations and the fruitful results of their friendly cooperation.  Both sides agreed to establish a Strategic Cooperation Partnership of Sincere Mutual Assistance and Ever-lasting Friendship, continuously strengthen political mutual trust, deepen pragmatic cooperation, enhance people-to-people friendship, and promote common development.

 

4.   The two sides pledged to support each other on issues of core interests bearing on sovereignty, territorial integrity, stability and development.  The Chinese side expressed support for Sri Lanka’s efforts in maintaining national unity and reconciliation, and promoting economic development.  The Sri Lanka side reaffirmed its commitment to the One China Policy, and supported all the efforts by the Chinese Government to realize national reunification.

 

5.   The two leaders agreed to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges, and pledged to have frequent contacts to strengthen strategic communication through bilateral visits and meetings on multilateral occasions.  Both sides agreed to further intensify the friendly exchanges and pragmatic cooperation between the governments, parliaments, political parties, armed forces and law-enforcement authorities , and deepen exchanges, on governance experiences.

 

6.   The two sides commended the outcomes of economic cooperation, and agreed to set up a trade work team and an economic work team within the framework of China-Sri Lanka Joint Committee for Economic and Trade Cooperation, to carry out research on the measures of facilitating trade, investment and financing cooperation, and move bilateral trade towards a greater balance.  The two sides agreed to, on the basis of strengthening cooperation under the framework of Asia-Pacific Countries Trade Agreement, launch the negotiation process on a China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement and firstly establish an expert group to carry out the feasibility study.  The  two sides agreed to expand the use of home currency in bilateral trade and investment.  The two sides agreed to enhance bilateral customs cooperation to facilitate trade.

 

7.   Sri Lanka emphasized the important role played by China as a key development partner in recent years, and appreciated the assistance extended by the Chinese government in infrastructure development and in Sri Lanka’s socio-economic development efforts, including inter-alia in the sectors of ports and aviation, power generation, roads and expressways and irrigation.  The Chinese government will extend continued assistance within its ability to Sri Lanka, and encourage Chinese financial agencies to provide financing services to the infrastructure development of Sri Lanka

 

8.   The two sides agreed to further promote investment cooperation.  The Chinese government will continue to promote competent Chinese companies to invest in Sri Lanka and encourage cooperation between private sectors.  The thrust areas identified were tourism, infrastructure development, engineering industries, food processing  & packaging, agriculture and export oriented industries.

 

9.   The two sides agreed to enhance all-round cooperation in the maritime field, and welcome the announcement of the establishment of a Joint Committee on Coastal and Marine Cooperation, to promote cooperation in the areas of ocean observation, ecosystem protection, marine and coastal zone management etc.  Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in maritime security, combating piracy, search and rescue, and navigation safety.

 

10. The two sides agreed to deepen defence cooperation, further keep the momentum of mutual visits between the two defence authorities and armed forces at all levels, intensify the cooperation in military exercises, personnel training, defence-related science an technology, academy management, logistics support and other related areas.  The two sides agreed that terrorism, separatism, extremism pose serious threat to stability and security of the region and reiterated their readiness to work together to combat the three evil forces within bilateral and multilateral frameworks.

 

11. The two sides agreed to enhance all-round tourism cooperation.  Both sides agreed to work together to allow more opportunities for exchanges between travel agencies and tour operators.  The Chinese government will continue to encourage its citizens travelling to Sri Lanka and will provide assistance and convenience to Sri Lanka to expand the Chinese tourism market.

 

12. The two sides expressed satisfaction over the positive progress in their aerospace cooperation.  They agreed to further strengthen the exchanges and cooperation in this area and use space technology widely in telecommunication and broadcasting, disaster management, tsunami monitoring, environmental protection and other areas to serve economic growth and social progress in both countries.

 

13. The two sides agreed to promote people to people exchanges, strengthen exchanges and cooperation in education, culture, religion, press, radio, television and other areas, and intensify contacts  between women, civil groups an academic institutions.   The two sides agreed to establish a mechanism for youth exchanges and mutual visits.  The Chinese side would provide Sri Lankan side with scholarships through various approaches, and consider the possibility of providing more scholarships for Sri Lankan students.  The Sri Lankan side expressed its willingness to push forward the establishment of Chinese Culture Centre in Sri Lanka.

 

14. The two sides expressed satisfaction over their good cooperation in regional and international affairs.  The Chinese side attached importance to Sri Lanka’s application for Observer Status of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and would promote the SCO to strengthen cooperation with Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan  side hailed China’s contribution to the development  of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and would continue its support to China’s effort for broadening cooperation with SAARC.  The two sides agreed to further strengthen consultation and coordination at the United Nations and on other multilateral fora, enhance cooperation in human rights, climate change, fighting transnational crime and other areas, to jointly safeguard the rights and interests of the developing countries.

 

15. During the visit, the two sides signed a number of cooperation documents related to economy and trade, agriculture, defence-related science and technology, aerospace, youth and other areas.

 

16. Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa expressed his appreciation to the Government and people of the People’s Republic of China for the warm hospitality accorded to him and the Sri Lanka delegation.  President Rajapaksa invited President Xi Jinping to visit Sri Lanka.  President Xi Jinping thanked President Rajapaksa for the invitation and expressed his willingness to visit Sri Lanka at a time of mutual convenience.

 

 

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