Sri Lanka will not make any decision on Chinese projects it is reviewing until it consults China, Sri Lanka`s foreign minister said on Friday, pledging that his new government would welcome Chinese investors.
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will embark on his maiden visit to China on Friday to hold talks with the top leadership here on some of the big- ticket Chinese investments, including the USD 1.5 billion Colombo port project that is being reviewed by his government.
President Xi Jinping will make his first official visit to Pakistan this year, China's foreign minister said here on Thursday though he did not confirm whether the trip would take place next month on Pakistan's National Day which the Chinese leader is expected to attend.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday held talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi here on a host of bilateral and multilateral issues, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first visit to China in May.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to China on a four-day visit on Saturday during which she will hold talks on "issues of concern" with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and attend Russia-India-China (RIC) meeting.
China said Friday that it would help Nepal develop its power industry to alleviate severe electricity outages that can last up to 12 hours a day in the Himalayan nation, where Beijing is trying to increase influence and investment.
China will increase official aid to Nepal by more than five times from fiscal 2015-16, officials said on Friday, to develop infrastructure in the landlocked nation where regional rival India has long wielded political influence.
China is willing to help Russia if needed but believes that the country has the ability to overcome its current economic problems, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted as saying in a state newspaper on Monday.
Underscoring his commitment to building a stable and constructive relationship with China, US President Barack Obama joined a meeting between National Security Advisor Susan Rice and visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the White House.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj raised the issue of early reform of the UN Security Council during her meetings with counterparts from China and the IBSA and G4 blocs, saying that concerted efforts should be made to complete the reform process by 2015, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.