Chinese President Xi Jinping today assured Sri Lanka development assistance as the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation drew to a close in the Chinese capital.Jinping said that while Sri Lanka is a small island it is an important country in the ports and shipping sector. The roundtable summit was part of the two-day forum held on Sunday and Monday and attended by 30 heads of state and Government leaders.The forum is the most important meeting on the Belt and Road Initiative since Xi first made the proposal in 2013. It is also the largest-scale and highest-level international gathering initiated by China. (Colombo Gazette) Participants in the Leaders Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation adopted a joint communique and released an outcome list today. Jinping was speaking at a reception held with the participation of several world leaders, including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.