Sri Lanka, April 7 -- State Minister of Capital Markets Ajith Nivard Cabraal noted that Sri Lanka has benefited over the long term with strong relations with the Chinese government.

In the long-term, the government wants to grow the strong government to government relationship to a people to people relationship with the two countries. Cabraal noted the importance of Chinese investments to the local economy and would look to remove any impediments to Chinese projects.

The Chinese Central Bank has recently concluded a currency swap with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Cabraal was confident of future arrangements if the need arose.

Cabraal was of the view that Chinese President Xi Jinping's vision for the Belt and Road Initiative was in...