|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on Sri Lanka's Parliamentary Election|
Q: On August 18, the result of Sri Lanka's 15th parliamentary election came out. Sri Lanka's United National Party emerged as the largest party and will lead to form the next government. What is China's comment on this?
A: The parliamentary election in Sri Lanka went on steadily and smoothly. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party won the election and will lead to form the next government. We want to express our congratulations. We believe that under the leadership of the new government, Sri Lanka will achieve greater progress in its economic and social development.
The good friendship and partnership between China and Sri Lanka have withstood the test of time. The friendly cooperation between the two countries meets the fundamental interests of the two sides, and echoes the common aspiration of the two peoples. The Chinese side sets great store by its relations with Sri Lanka. It stands ready to work with Sri Lanka to consolidate the traditional friendship, strengthen mutually-beneficial cooperation, and elevate China-Sri Lanka strategic cooperation partnership to a new level.