China Congratulates Sri Lanka’s Gotabaya Rajapaksa on assuming the country’s Presidential post, said a spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.

The Spokesman, Geng Shuang, made the statement at a regular news briefing when asked to comment on Sri Lanka’s Presidential election.

Geng said: “China is pleased to see the smooth presidential election in Sri Lanka, which completed a major domestic political agenda.”

“China congratulates Rajapaksa on being elected president”

China and Sri Lanka are strategic cooperative partners that sincerely help and assist and friendly to each other from generation to generation.

He also added “China would like to work together with the new leadership and government of Sri Lanka to make concerted efforts to build the Belt & Road with high quality on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit so as to realise new and greater development in the bilateral relations and bring more tangible benefits to the to peoples.”