- Published on Monday, 02 July 2012 11:56
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China is to have Sri Lankan days in Beijing, Shanghai and Canton in order to carry out an awareness drive on tourism, investment and commodities such as tea and spices.
This has been stated by the new Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao when he met the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapakse at his Ministry.
The Chinese Ambassador discussed with the Minister about investment opportunities in Sri Lanka and identified pharmaceutical, apparel and textile industry, real estate development and food security systems for other countries as some of the fields for Chinese investment Sri Lanka.
The Minister and the Ambassador also reviewed the present status of trade and economic relations and the Ambassador suggested that a comprehensive plan on economic cooperation between Sri Lanka and China should be prepared to be signed by the leaders of the two countries. The Ambassador had also said that many Chinese investors were interested in investing in Sri Lanka and establishing trade and commercial ventures in the country.
Ambassador Jianghao also invited Minister Rajapaksa to visit China with a trade and economic delegation, and said that he would arrange a visit by Chinese investors and traders to Sri Lanka since many Chinese entrepreneurs had frequently expressed interest in Sri Lanka.
Minister Rajapaksa welcoming the new Ambassador thanked the Chinese Government and the people of China for the generous support extended to Sri Lanka throughout the difficult and good periods during the long standing friendship between the two countries.
He pointed out China stood with Sri Lanka during conflict as well as peaceful time. China was a true friend of Sri Lanka. She didn’t want to act as a monitor but always worked as a partner and didn’t interfere in the country’s affairs. He said that China didn’t bring unnecessary pressure on Sri Lanka but always stood for Sri Lanka in the international arena.
The Minister also said that immediately after the end of terrorism China helped Sri Lanka initiate new big development projects. He said that the BMICH, Supreme Court Complex and Nelum Pokuna Performing Arts Theatre stand as monuments of the friendship between the two countries and China was involved with many development projects in Sri Lanka with her own funds extended to Sri Lanka as development assistance but some projects were offered to China as a result of international bidding.
The Ambassador in return said that China would never forget the help extended by Sri Lanka at some critical occasions, noting that the relationship between the two countries started 1,600 years ago and had been strengthened since then day by day. (niz)