China says SL is a strategic partner

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has told visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena that they consider Sri Lanka a strategic partner as he expressed his wish to further boost relations between the two nations.

“China has always placed Sri Lanka in an important diplomatic position in region,” Xi said.

President Sirisena met with the Chinese Leader on Thursday in Beijing and held talks amid efforts to recalibrate former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s strong pro-China policies.



The two sides were considered likely to discuss the 1.5 billion USD, China-funded port city project in Colombo, which the Sri Lankan government suspended pending scrutiny of environment impacts and alleged corruption, foreign media reported.

President Sirisena's administration has also ordered reviews on all Chinese-funded projects.

According to reports, the President wishes to balance Sri Lanka's China ties against those with India, since India has become increasingly concerned about new Chinese economic and military inroads in the Indian Ocean. (The Hindu)
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  • shan Thursday, 26 March 2015 03:55 PM

    china is our friend,India is our brother

    Waco Friday, 27 March 2015 11:54 AM

    All countries closer to India are angry with India..Pakistan not in good terms, Bangladesh not in good terms China not in good terms. Sri Lanka a bitter relation ship. India and Indians cannot be trusted.

    Waco Friday, 27 March 2015 12:01 PM

    Indian Priminister visited Sri Lanka on an invitation. After going back to India he got down the Union Leaders of plantation sector of Sri Lanka to Deilhi for a secret meeting.. Is this a done thing.

    Waco Thursday, 26 March 2015 04:09 PM

    Sinhalese families who were in North before the can not go back to their properties. Why? Sinhalese people can not buy properties in North why?

    Waco Thursday, 26 March 2015 04:14 PM

    LTTE Camps were in India. They were trained in India. That was how India helped us. During the war did India help Sri Lanka? NO. India did not lift a finger to help Sri Lanka. China gave their full support during the war.

    Waco Friday, 27 March 2015 12:05 PM

    We can TRUST China without any fear. Their war ships and submarines are welcome to dock in any sea port of Sri Lanka.

    Waco Thursday, 26 March 2015 04:16 PM

    During the UN Conferences India voted against Sri Lanka. China supported us.

    Waco Thursday, 26 March 2015 04:23 PM

    One Indian Engineer agreed to be my referee for my job applications. I thought being an Indian he will support me. But he had spoken against me and as a result I missed 4 jobs. I had given my lunch to this man few occasions, when he had not brought lunch.

    Waco Friday, 27 March 2015 12:06 PM

    Chinese are gentlemen.

    Waco Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:48 AM

    India has done nothing for Sri Lanka. China is our friend who has been helping us always. Has Infia helped us in any way upto now.?

    Premalal Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:03 PM

    What the Chinese conveniently forget is the interest of Sri Lankan people in the so called strategic partnership. They offer unsolicited projects loaded with bribes for the leadership. We only talk about the bribe taker but we must be aware of the bribe giver.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:26 PM

    Sri Lanka is strategic to China not bcos you have genuine concern towards her people and cultural ties, but simply because her neighbor India is your strategic enemy and you need to find a apartment close by to peep and spy.

    gamaraala Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:31 PM

    No land on free hold basis and the leases should be for shorter periods..and not on 99 year basis. .. We have no other issues.

    navin Thursday, 26 March 2015 01:11 PM

    Just because some one helps you that doesnt mean he is your friend. After Tsunami India and Japan gave money for SL as gift but China gave it for interest.. China is always about business.. India and Japan are not like that

    de silva Thursday, 26 March 2015 01:28 PM

    MOKATADA ENNE.STRATEGIC PARTNER FOR WHAT.

    Anticleon Thursday, 26 March 2015 01:47 PM

    China is the only nation that helped us sincerely in the world arena. USA and India will pose as friends only as long as we are their puppets. Thanks to China, India abstained from voting against Sri Lanka. Remember.

    Cheers Thursday, 26 March 2015 01:56 PM

    But this govt UNP and the current president did not want China and said they are corrupt now even have taken the liberty to visit China he got the taste

    f Jurangpathy Thursday, 26 March 2015 01:59 PM

    There are people in this country who object to properties taken by the military in the North given back to their rightful owners but keep total silent on giving free holding of lands to Chinese of 108 hectares (equivalent to 266 acres) in the name of Colombo Port City which destroy most of sea coast with environment erosion in the name of country development.

    Sunil Thursday, 26 March 2015 02:14 PM

    no 99 year lease, no owning land in port city by china or anyone. restructure deal to include an many parties from as many countries to get involved as part owners with majority share holders (51/49%) being Sri Lankans.

    MTM Thursday, 26 March 2015 02:19 PM

    President M. Sirisena is a common president for All Sri Lankans. We need India as well as China. For the benefit of Sri Lanka. There are a lot of benefits economically if we do have both of them with us. Already we are benefiting. Why not we keep it go as it is?

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 26 March 2015 02:50 PM

    We Sinhalese have been trained in racism, thanks to our leaders from SWRD onwards.


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