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China is ready to make the maximum possible contribution to the success of Sri Lanka's economic and social development endeavors, newly appointed Ambassador of China to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong said while presenting his credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House today.

Extending President Xi Jinping’s good wishes to President Rajapaksa, the Chinese envoy said he aims to further enhance long-standing friendship between the two countries and to strengthen development and strategic cooperation.

 “After assuming office, you united the people of Sri Lanka. You guided the country on the path of economic growth while improving the living standards of the people. We witnessed how the government and the people of Sri Lanka stood together in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic,” the new Ambassador said. He also said that China wishes to see Sri Lanka emerge as a prosperous nation.

During the brief cordial discussion with the Chinese Ambassador following the ceremony, President Rajapaksa expressed his satisfaction over the long-standing and lasting cooperation and friendship with mutual benefits between Sri Lanka and China.

“China extended its support towards Sri Lanka's infrastructure development, especially after winning the war against separatism. Colombo Port City, Hambantota Port, Southern Expressway are some of such initiatives. Some segments of the society criticized this cooperation between China and Sri Lanka. Their argument was that these projects would not bear fruits. But the truth is the opposite. Projects started with the assistance of China have high income generation and employment creation potentials. My expectation is to see the full completion of these projects before the end of my tenure” President said.

President stated that Sri Lanka has made it a priority to attract investments instead of further foreign borrowings in its development drive.

“There are vast investment opportunities available in our country.  The agricultural sector, Communication Technology and education are special among them. The livelihood of around 30% of the population of Sri Lanka depends on rural agriculture. Achieving the kind of rural development that China has reached over the past two or three decades and to improve the living standards of the rural population in Sri Lanka is one of my prime objectives. We seek your assistance in this regard,” President told the new Ambassador.

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardene, Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundera, Foreign Secretary Admiral Jayanath Colombage, Deputy Head of the Chinese Embassy Hu Wei and the Head of the Political Division Luo Chong were also present on the occasion.

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  • Lord Wolfstei Thursday, 19 November 2020 05:41 PM

    That means to lure Sri Lanka in debt traps and sell Chinese rubbish to this country.

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Thursday, 19 November 2020 06:32 PM

    And what does China get

    Bandara Thursday, 19 November 2020 07:16 PM

    Vote in UN Council and control over the Indian ocean.

    Chux Thursday, 19 November 2020 06:38 PM

    You will do it for sure as this is better than your own Hong among in the future

    Nalaka Dissanayake Thursday, 19 November 2020 06:57 PM

    We can see your support in Hong Kong. No, we don't want that.

    Sri Wickrema Thursday, 19 November 2020 07:38 PM

    Loans inclusive of big commission at higher interest rates will be galore soon.

    joshua Thursday, 19 November 2020 07:49 PM

    We are beggars. China knows it well.

    chamra Thursday, 19 November 2020 09:00 PM

    China brings authoritarianism, one-party rule, and lawlessness to any country it helps. We should be careful when we get help from China.

    Pantha Kumaran Thursday, 19 November 2020 09:40 PM

    Do you really think China is giving us money free of charge. China has an agenda. All Sri Lankans will realise this in 10 years. We are in serious Debt trap. Rajapakses please don't sell our beloved country to China.

    ghry Thursday, 19 November 2020 10:04 PM

    Unlike those who worshiped the American to come to power whatever the MEAN job they could to hold the leadership, our people's president and the People's Prime Minister Rajapaksas believed

    ram Friday, 20 November 2020 12:15 AM

    most western countries now view China as a global threat to democracy. Therefore, those who associated with China maybe viewed in the same way

    Buddhist Friday, 20 November 2020 01:46 AM

    Support by putting a noose?

    FF Friday, 20 November 2020 09:20 AM

    THEIR INTENTIONS ARE CLEAR. TO GRAB OUR COUNTRY WHOLESALE. OUR RULERS WILL DEFINITELY GET CAUGHT FOR THE SANTHOSAMS THEY WILL GET


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