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“China and Sri Lanka: Join hands in building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road” — Panel discussion for Boao Forum for Asia held in Sri Lanka
Origin:Boao Forum for Asia      Time:2014-11-24 14:26:37    Views:1071293

The Boao Forum for Asia and the Pathfinder Foundation of Sri Lanka organized a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road-themed panel discussion and dinner party in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka, on November 21. More than 200 representatives from both countries, including government officials, entrepreneurs, experts and scholars, attended the event, which features an in-depth discussion on how to accelerate the construction of the Maritime Silk Road relying on the Sri Lanka’s unique geo-economic advantage. The representatives put forward a lot of feasible suggestions and proposals for policies. Boao Forum for Asia Vice-Chairman Zeng Peiyan delivered a keynote speech titled Mutual Assistance, Cooperation for Win-Win, Joining Hands in building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

Representatives from China said that the cooperation initiative of building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, conforms to the trend of economic globalization, serves as an important approach for Asian countries to join hands in dealing with the complex challenges imposed by the world economy and seek new driving force for economic growth. The initiative features two characteristics, namely inclusive development and open cooperation. The former means that Asian countries should stick to the principles of equality, mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win arrangements, prompt each other to give full play to their comparative advantages and seek effective ways to share the fruits of development. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Silk Road Fund are dedicated to strengthen Asia’s financing cooperation and help deal with the lack of fund in the region’s infrastructure construction. The latter means the cooperation under the Maritime Silk Road initiative is open to any countries and does not target or repulse any third party. All Asian countries as well as European and American countries are welcome to participate in the initiative and push forward cooperation and exchanges in sectors including investment, trade, politics, society, culture, ethnicity and religion. China would like to join hands with South Asian countries in complementing each other’s advantages, push forward the regional economic development and usher in a new era of cooperation. The essence of Mahinda Vision, proposed by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, coincides with that of China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative, according to the representatives.

The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative was proposed to promote inclusive development through win-win cooperation, help Asian countries build mutual trust and friendship and maintain peace, stability and prosperity in the region, according to the panel discussion. To put the Maritime Silk Road initiative into practice, countries should abide by the principles of mutual respect and sovereignty equality. Representatives from both countries agree that the initiative will bring tangible benefits for Sri Lanka’s development and strengthen the China-Sri Lanka strategic partnership. They also held in-depth discussions on cooperation in sectors including investment &trade, infrastructure construction, marine economy, maritime transport, logistics, tourism and disaster prevention &relief. They agreed to take further action to turn the initiative into fruits of pragmatic cooperation between the two countries while taking account of the actual conditions of both countries.

Before the meeting, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne met with the Chinese delegation, saying they appreciated the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative and would like to cooperate with China on the issue.

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