China pledges to support SL at UN Security Council

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While describing China as an ‘all-weather’ friend to Sri Lanka, China on Thursday pledged to continue its support to Sri Lanka at UN forums, the President’s Office said.

The pledge was made when China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Thursday.

“We will continue to support Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC),” Mr. Liu said. “Sri Lanka will always find a friend in China.” President Rajapaksa thanked China for its support to Sri Lanka at the UNHRC this year. China voted against the resolution on Sri Lanka in Geneva last month and defended Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and national security.

“We suffered for 30 years and with your help, we managed to defeat terrorism,” the President said. Mr. Liu thanked President Rajapaksa for his personal interest in Sri Lanka-China bilateral relations. “You have established a close friendship with the Chinese leadership,” Mr. Liu said, adding that this personal relationship “will play a guiding role in China-Sri Lanka relations.” President Rajapaksa thanked China for its support to Sri Lanka in the past decades, pointing out that many of Sri Lanka’s landmark infrastructure projects were carried out with Chinese assistance.

The President also encouraged Chinese investors to come and invest in Sri Lankan industries. President Rajapaksa visited China in May 2013 during which the two countries elevated their relationship to one of “strategic cooperation,” a significant milestone in bilateral relations.
During discussions in China last year, Vice President Li Yuanchao said China will continue to strengthen relations with Sri Lanka and to expand cooperation into new sectors in what he described as an equal partnership. Upholding that pledge, Mr. Liu, at yesterday’s meeting, told President Rajapaksa that China places great importance on development projects in Sri Lanka and would like to focus on continuing development on infrastructure, including southern highways and railways.

“I believe we will continue to work together to enhance cooperation in infrastructure, economic, trade and investment,” Mr. Liu said. “Our cooperation should expand to a higher level.” The Vice Foreign Minister also spoke about Sri Lanka’s concern on the balance of trade and said that the negotiations on the free trade agreement will help address these concerns. “For China, Sri Lanka is an important partner in the Indian Ocean region,” he said while thanking Sri Lanka for assisting in the development of the 21st Century maritime silk route and adding that the two countries “should deepen connectivity in the sea and in the air.”
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  • mad man Saturday, 26 April 2014 06:57 AM

    kapati chinese... via DM Android App

    Game Kolla Saturday, 26 April 2014 01:40 AM

    USA is the biggest buyer of Chinese products....China might support USA too...

    ind Friday, 25 April 2014 10:34 AM

    FUNNY! How did you find the figure !!!!

    ind Friday, 25 April 2014 10:35 AM

    How about UK and US ?? Po Da !!!

    ind Friday, 25 April 2014 10:36 AM

    Thanks! China is the emerging super power. Very soon UK and US have to knee down before China!!!

    kumar Friday, 25 April 2014 10:53 AM

    In your dreams!. If the USA and EU boycott Chinese products, the chinese economy will fall into underground.

    Dayawathie Friday, 25 April 2014 10:54 AM

    Are you saying that US and UK respect human lives ?.

    kumar Friday, 25 April 2014 10:57 AM

    Certainly China and Russia will support but it won't prevent any resolution to be adopted.

    justin Saturday, 26 April 2014 07:56 AM

    Finally we are resolved on our foreign strategy.. No more hybrid strategies..either we win or we perish, but we are not at middle grounds.. I feel that s good.. We ve played our cards, so either we d hunt, or we d be hunted... So protect us god...

    tarzan Friday, 25 April 2014 11:09 AM

    like the way they protect Libiya, siriya egypt iraq

    ind Friday, 25 April 2014 11:30 AM

    That's the only thing they can do. Bring resolutions! that's all and nothing will happen. The Caravan goes on !!!!!

    Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 26 April 2014 03:04 AM

    Whatever; we have to thank the Peoples' Republic of China for what they have done for Sri Lanka right throughout; forget the current regime.

    chandi Friday, 25 April 2014 11:38 AM

    With veto power with China & Russia no one can't pass any resolution in UN security council

    TJ Friday, 25 April 2014 12:14 PM

    Not to worry about UN. We are backed by all the rouge nations in the world

    king Friday, 25 April 2014 08:54 AM

    no wonder,mao"s party killed over 50 million chinese people during his rule.they support killers.

    Saskia Friday, 25 April 2014 09:02 AM

    Not a surprise since China never respects human lives. They only concentrate in money and power. It is same in SL so, these countries can get on with each other. One day, they will face the consequences from their own folk.

    joseph Friday, 25 April 2014 09:21 AM

    They have to as long as they invade Sri Lanka economically

    Ranga Friday, 25 April 2014 08:45 PM

    How can US boycott Chinese products? USA owe china over trillion dollars....

    Kevin Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:10 PM

    US, UK, EU and Canada can impose their own trade embargoes on 80% of Sri Lanka's exports without going to the UN. They can impose travel bans and property seizures on the rulers and associates. They can prohibit the use of their products - Visa, Mastercard and Amex - in Sri Lanka. That is enough to cause chaos and collapse

    Ranjith Silva Friday, 25 April 2014 09:34 AM

    Thank you as a real friend of Asian Dragon Kingdom.

    JJ Friday, 25 April 2014 09:34 PM

    [quote name="ind"]Thanks! China is the emerging super power. Very soon UK and US have to knee down before China!!![/quote]
    You either are a stupid person who does not understand economies in the world or you are lying to yourself. Take your pick.

    chandi Friday, 25 April 2014 10:09 AM

    Sri Lanka is the best place to earn money in the Indian Ocaen

    Izmy Friday, 25 April 2014 10:10 AM

    So its quite clear now that we have to face a U.N. Security Council resolution.


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