Chinese FM Wang Yi to visit Sri Lanka next month

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Sri Lanka next month making it the third senior official level visit from China in recent months, Daily Mirror learns.

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe arrived in the country last week and held talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The two countries agreed to enhance defence cooperation.

Last year, Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee was also in Colombo for bilateral discussions. He is also the chief of foreign affairs of China.

Foreign Minister Wang will arrive in the country as part of his visit to the region. Last week, he also addressed a virtual meeting with his counterparts of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He discussed, among others, cooperation on the containment of COVID-19 and poverty alleviation.

Sri Lankan government is planning to enact the Port City Economic Commission Bill on Monday to regulate the affairs of the Port City which is US $1.4 billion investment by China.