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China wouldn t allow outside interference in Sri Lanka s internal affairs: Wang Yi

China would always respect Sri Lanka s sovereignty and not allow any outside interference in its internal affairs, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday as he met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa. Wang met the two leaders separately with both sides pledging to further promote relations between the two countries. As Sri Lanka s strategic partner, China will continue to stand by Sri Lanka s interests, the visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister was quoted as saying by Gotabaya s office. China stands for the country s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. We will not allow any outside influences to interfere with matters that are essentially internal concerns of Sri Lanka, Wang said. The president told Wang that Sri Lanka was facing many political challenges and the only way to overcome them is to be economically strong. The economic independence will ensure political independence, Gotabaya said. The president said Sri


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