Sri Lanka will firmly pur­sue the one-China pol­icy

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA in Colombo

Sri Lanka will con­tinue its sup­port for the one-China pol­icy and push for­ward greater devel­op­ment of re­la­tions with China, a par­lia­men­tary leader and govern­ment of­fi­cials said.

Sri Lanka ap­pre­ci­ates the great achieve­ments Ti­bet has made in var­i­ous fields, Thi­langa Su­math­ipala, deputy speaker of Sri Lanka’s par­lia­ment, said as he met with a vis­it­ing del­e­ga­tion of Ti­betan deputies of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress of China onWed­nes­day.

He also said Sri Lanka would fur­ther deepen ex­changes in the econ­omy, trade, cul­ture and other fields with China.

The Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion also met with Wi­jayadasa Ra­japak­sha, min­is­ter of Bud­dha Sasana, fa­mous Bud­dhist fig­ures of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s Par­lia­men­tary Friend­ship Group and a num­ber of Sri Lankan and Chi­nese friendly groups.

Penba Tashi, head of the del­e­ga­tion and vice-chair­man of the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion, briefed the hosts on the achieve­ments in Ti­bet in the ar­eas of po­lit­i­cal democ­racy, eco­nomic devel­op­ment, so­cial un­der­tak­ings, eco­log­i­cal pro­tec­tion and free­dom of re­li­gious be­lief since the peace­ful lib­er­a­tion of Ti­bet.

Dur­ing their three-day visit, Penba Tashi also ad­vo­cated the sys­tem of the NPC, the na­tional leg­is­la­ture of China, clar­i­fied China’s prin­ci­pled stance on Ti­bet-re­lated is­sues and ex­pressed hope that Sri Lanka would, as al­ways, sup­port­China’s prin­ci­pled stance on Ti­bet-re­lated is­sues.

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