SL thankful for China’s long term support: PM

15 March 2018 11:15 am - 21     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday thanked China for its long-term support to Sri Lanka's economic and social development and hoped that China's assistance and aid would benefit more at the grass root level.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe expressed these views following a working consultation with Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan at Temple Trees.

“Sri Lanka attaches great importance to mega-projects cooperation between our two countries and to tackle the practical difficulties listed by the Chinese side,” he said.

The Premier will urge the ministerial committee on Hambantota development and the Ministry of Southern Development to coordinate concerned departments to speed up the implementation of pragmatic cooperation such as the development of Hambantota Port and industrial zone, so as to bring real benefit to the Sri Lankan people at an early date.

Ambassador Cheng highlighted the bilateral economic and trade relation, especially major-projects cooperation as the ballast stone of Sino-Sri Lanka relations. In order to strive for early harvest and bring tangible benefit to the citizens of both countries, China stands ready to work with the Sri Lankan side to accelerate the implementation of major-projects cooperation under the framework of the "Belt and Road" Initiative.

He also elaborated on current progress together with difficulties of the mega-projects cooperation between the two countries and called upon the Sri Lankan government to push for practical solutions.

Both sides reviewed the current progress of bilateral economic and trade cooperation and vowed to further promote pragmatic cooperation.

  Comments - 21

  • Chanaka Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:41 AM

    Mr. PM: Would you please request the Chinese to modernize our railway stations?

    hans perlee Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:49 PM

    thatwill only hapen when the Chinese have all of Sri Lanka.

    hans perlee Thursday, 15 March 2018 01:06 PM

    better modernize the whole railway system. It is too crazy for words that a train ride from Negombo to Colombo, distance about 30 km, takes allmost 1 1/2 hour.

    Raji Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:44 AM

    Too late to have understood this. If he acted so from day 1 in office, our economy would have been somewhat better today.

    Donald Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:44 AM

    China will rule the world in another 5 years.

    hans perlee Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:51 PM

    you are right. They are very busy taking control over Sri Lanka.

    indika Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:03 PM

    The fanancial support from China is important for our economy.

    hans perlee Thursday, 15 March 2018 01:24 PM

    No,because the Chines lease everything for99 years so they ave the profit, not Sri Lanka. Sri lanka is on the way of becoming a Chinese colony.

    hans perlee Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:12 PM

    Please tell me how it help our economy? The Chinese are clever, theylease, say a port for 99 years, who gets the prifit? The Chinese. When i lease a shop, the profits go to me, not the owner.

    nt Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:28 PM

    dating back to 2500 years

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:06 PM

    The price that Sri Lanka pays for "friendship" with China is disproportionately high.

    Gayan Thursday, 15 March 2018 04:33 PM

    Batter than the west a 1000 times though.

    Wagging Tongue Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:16 PM

    But you never liked China when MR was in power.

    John Smith Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:26 PM

    Sri Lankan PM should be careful that India may get rid of you like they did with former President.

    Hans perlee Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:35 PM

    China is not helping Sri Lanka, they are helping themself by leasing a port, they take the profit, not Sri Lanka

    vipula Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:50 PM

    China would forget what ever you did but it would never forget how you made them feel, no sooner you came to power.Holding the port city project you set a very bad example and tarnished the image of the country.Any investor would think twice before they come to invest here.Your government plaid a very poor deplomacy at the very beginning and did an irreparable hurt to our real friends.

    Sambo Thursday, 15 March 2018 03:22 PM

    Yes because China is waiting to by more of what you are planning to sell. Every time there is a crisis you sell something to China, so this how your economic theory works.

    Hari M Thursday, 15 March 2018 04:19 PM

    People are so blind, when it comes to the real intentions of China. No wonder we kept electing such bad governments and then complain.

    hans perlee Thursday, 15 March 2018 09:20 PM

    People are not blind, most of them are just not educated enough to see te real intentions of China. Or they just don't care.

    hans perlee Thursday, 15 March 2018 09:27 PM

    I don't think people are blind, a lot are just not educated enough to understand the real intentions of China or they just don't care.

    dickie bird Thursday, 15 March 2018 07:27 PM

    Not every time a crisis is on, have sold Muthurajawela...Who in the right mind will do a thing like this?

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