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Ranil Wickremesinghe hails China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative as beneficial to the island

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has stated that the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is beneficial to the island since China-assisted projects under the BRI, like the Colombo Port City project and the Hambantota International Port development project, have benefited the economy of Sri Lanka and the life of local people. Sri Lanka is among the first countries joining the initiative.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was speaking in an interview with China Central Television (CCTV). During the interview, he said:

"We have seen more countries in favour of the BRI over the past years, as the initiative linking existing land and maritime roads is helpful to development. The Belt and Road Initiative is really creating an economic system, which is helpful to us in Asia. I would call it innovative.

As the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will be held in Beijing late April, the Sri Lankan government participated in the first forum two years ago and got real benefits, so it will actively take part in the second forum as well. I was there at the first meeting of the Belt and Road Initiative [in Beijing]. We have all agreed together on the Belt and Road Initiative, it’s potential for economic development.”






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