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Modi’s Sri Lanka visit will not affect China-Lanka ties: Chinese media

Dismissing speculation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka visit was aimed at checking China’s influence as “narrow-minded interpretation” to drive a wedge between India and China, the official media here on Friday said the trip will not affect China-Lanka ties.

“Some foreign media’s narrow-minded interpretation of Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka as a move to tame China’s influence over the Island nation is driven by outdated geopolitical and confrontational mindset in contrary to the global trend of peace and development,” a commentary in the state-run Xinhua news agency said. It said as the first official visit by an Indian prime minister to Sri Lanka in nearly three decades began today, “some brooked no delay to babble on New Delhi’s attempt to mitigate Beijing’s growing influence over the neighbour of India in a bid to alienate” the two fast-developing economies.

“Those ulteriorly-motivated but evident efforts, however, are destined to no avail as China-Sri Lanka relations will not be affected by Modi’s visit, but only grow stronger,” it said. Referring to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s recent proposal for a trilateral cooperation between India, China and Sri Lanka, the commentary said a trilateral relationship featuring sound interaction, mutual promotion, mutual benefits and win-win results, best meets the interests of the three sides and conduces to regional peace, stability and common prosperity.



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