China eager to preserve economic ties with Lanka-Jiarui

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China considers it important to preserve and further develop the traditional economic cooperation which it has had with the Sri Lankan government, a top Chinese official said today.

Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPCC) Vice President Wang Jiarui, who met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe together with a delegation at Temple Trees last evening, told the media that China considers it important that the traditional economic ties which it had with Sri Lanka is maintained and further developed. He said this was the message he had conveyed to the new Sri Lankan government on behalf of his own state.

Mr. Jiarui, who is also a leading member of the Chinese Communist Party, said that his party and the Chinese government as a whole was looking towards developing ties with the United National Party (UNP) and also with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) further.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the new government could resolve whatever issues it has with China through dialogue. “Our government is also keen to maintain the traditional it has ties with China and is willing to have a dialogue to resolve whatever issues that exist between the two countries at present,” he said.

He recalled that it was a UNP government which signed Sri Lanka’s first trade agreement with China which was carried forward by different governments that followed. Mr. Wickremesinghe also said that several former Prime Ministers such as the late S. W. R. D Bandaranaike and his wife Sirimavo and also late President J. R. Jayewardene maintained close ties with China during their time in office.

The meeting between the Prime Minister and the Chinese delegation comes in the background of speculation whether the Chinese funded Colombo Port city Development Project would be allowed to go ahead with the new regime of the view that the project should go ahead within a legal frame work. (Yohan Perera and Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  Comments - 6

  • edward theophilus Friday, 13 February 2015 03:58 AM

    Sri Lanka has no future without China. India cannot help Sri Lanka and West too. China can help us to be a Singapore

    Kumar Soysa Friday, 13 February 2015 06:43 AM

    That is good. BUT please ensure that punitive action is taken is taken against any Chinese entity that offers bribes to local politicians and officers for obtaining projects. In China, corruption at ALL levels are dealt with a bullet before a wall! If corruption is not good for China within China, then that applies to this little nation. The Prime Minister should get a written undertaking from China.

    michigan Friday, 13 February 2015 01:43 PM

    If any contracts genuinely done there is no question of Prime Minister Ranil or any other Ministers interfering in to the matter. Why blaming Ranil and about his position. There are so many after elected by the people thro UNP have crossed for benefits to the previous Government. Not to serve the people only to serve themselves and their family. Still the mind set of some individuals have not changed.

    mack Friday, 13 February 2015 11:11 AM

    Waco why dont u ask MR to chair that meeting then via DM Android App

    Tiala Jayaratne Friday, 13 February 2015 11:39 PM

    China is vital to develop Sri Lanka. Leave the bickering get on with the job

    Waco Friday, 13 February 2015 09:11 AM

    Commissioner of Ellection, Mrr.Ranil Wickramasinghe is not an Prime Minister appointed by the citizens of Sri Lanka. How can he represent Sri Lanka as the Minister in these meetings?

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