Sino- Lanka relations based on ‘five principles’ – Beijing
China and Sri Lanka have developed their relations based on the ‘Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence,’ Beijing Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Friday (23), the Chinese Embassy’s Colombo website reported on Saturday (24).
Zhao was responding to a question raised by Beijing -based China Central Television (CCTV), where he was asked what China's comment was on, US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Dean Thompson telling the Press on October 22 that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Sri Lanka next week. He said, “the United States encourages Sri Lanka to review the options we offer for transparent and sustainable economic development in contrast to discriminatory and opaque practices. We urge Sri Lanka to make difficult but necessary decisions, especially on the issue of China's influence over Sri Lanka.”
Zhao in response said, “The remarks of the US official are filled with Cold War mentality and hegemonistic mindset, which fully expose the consistent US practice of arbitrarily interfering in other countries' domestic and foreign policies and forcing small and medium-sized countries to choose sides.
China and Sri Lanka are traditionally friendly neighbours. Over the years, the two countries have developed their relations based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and conducted friendly cooperation on the basis of consultation on an equal footing and mutual benefit, bringing tangible benefits to the Chinese and Sri Lankan people. China will work with Sri Lanka to unswervingly expand and deepen bilateral strategic cooperative partnership.
China believes that all countries, regardless of size, have the right to independently develop foreign relations based on their own interests.
Attempts to prevent countries from carrying out normal exchanges and cooperation through pressure and coercion will not succeed and will end up being rejected by history and becoming a laughing stock of the international community.”
Meanwhile, Beijing’s Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence’ are: mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-aggression, mutual non-interference in each other's internal affairs,equality and mutual benefit and peaceful co- existing.