SL, a country with growing influence in political domain-Abe

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will be in Colombo tomorrow, described Sri Lanka as a country with a growing influence in economic and political domains.
Speaking to reporters before leaving Tokyo, Abe noted he was the first Japanese premier to visit Bangladesh in 14 years and Sri Lanka in 24 years. 

He called Bangladesh and Sri Lanka "countries with a growing influence in economic and political domains". 

Japan's premier was due Saturday to arrive in Dhaka for a three-day visit to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka aimed at offsetting China's mounting influence in South Asia. 

Prime Minister Abe is to meet President Mahinda Rajapakse on Sunday in Colombo to boost economic and security ties. 

"I hope to introduce the dynamism of both countries to Japan's economy by strengthening relations with them and engaging in top-level sales activities," said Abe, who is accompanied by 50 top Japanese corporate executives. 

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka lie along sea-lanes between the resources-rich Middle East and East Asia. China has helped build ports in countries along the vital shipping route. 

In Colombo, Abe and Rajapaksa aim to strengthen maritime territorial cooperation in the face of a more territorially assertive China, media reports said. 

Japan is ready to provide patrol boats to help Sri Lanka bolster its maritime guard, according to the reports.

  Comments - 5

  • Dutchy_Semasinghe Sunday, 07 September 2014 08:56 AM

    Abe's one-day visit to SL is a significant move to safeguard our state of being non-aligned. If not this will be Chinese colony. China is arrogant and assertive in occupying territories.Mr. PM Abe, plz make sure more Japanese aided projects are launched during this truly historic visit of yrs. JAPAN IS TRULLY A PEACEFUL COUNTRY!

    Ala bela Saturday, 06 September 2014 01:02 PM

    our famine birds mouths are opened to ask for loan. pls do not give

    Jayam Saturday, 06 September 2014 03:52 PM

    Sri Lanka needs more loans and Bangladesh needs Toilets.

    Victim Sunday, 07 September 2014 06:27 AM

    Japanese authorities should check their construction companies who are in business in Sri Lanka whether they strictly adhere to Sri Lankan labour laws. In the recent history, there have been a lot of cases related to sudden dismissals of workers without giving ANY REASON.

    Suq Madique Sunday, 07 September 2014 07:53 AM

    You need a loan for some English classes....

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