China on Tuesday said its scientific research vessel Yuanwang-5's stopover at Sri Lanka follows international law and common practice, harms no country's safety or economic interests and shouldn't be disrupted by any third party.
Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, made the remarks at a regular press conference when asked about the arrival of Yuanwang-5 in Sri Lanka. Wang confirmed that the vessel arrived at Hambantota port in Sri Lanka at noon on Tuesday for replenishment, with the help and cooperation from the Sri Lankan side.
Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe sent a representative to a welcome ceremony for the vessel hosted by Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong at the port, according to Wang.
It will take some time for the vessel to finish its supply after the arrival, said the spokesperson.
China and Sri Lanka have been good friends and neighbors, said Wang, adding that the two countries are committed to multi-dimensional cooperation for mutual benefits.
Over the years, Wang said, the two sides have maintained close cooperation in marine research field. China will consolidate political trust and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with Sri Lanka to promote sound and steady development of the bilateral ties, he added.