China will continue to support Sri Lanka - Chinese Prime Minister
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka met with his Chinese
counterpart Wen Jiabao on October 16 in Chengdu, the capital city of
Congratulating Sri Lanka on the recent achievements including the
victory over terrorism and applauding the efforts made to overcome the
many challenges faced in the rehabilitation and development in the North
and the East, Premier Wen Jiabao stated that China will continue to work
with the Government of Sri Lanka in triumphing over all difficulties.
China, as was the case in the past, will persistently support Sri
Lanka’s sovereignty and national integrity and look forward to economic
prosperity in Sri Lanka, Premier Wen added.
While thanking the Chinese Government and the people for supporting
Sri Lanka in her massive development drive through various projects such
as the Hambantota Port Development Project and the Norochcholai coal
power project, Prime Minister Wickramanayaka called for further
assistance in areas of infrastructure development, trade, investment,
economy, and education.
“Assistance from China has been enormous... reconstruction and
improvement of the standard of living of the people in Sri Lanka is now
our priority... we look forward to China’s continued support in future,”
Prime Minister Wickramanayaka said.
Premier Wen Jiabao said that China will encourage Chinese investors
and financial institutions to invest in and to support Sri Lanka and
that the Chinese Government will ensure quality of the development
projects assisted by China.
“We value our strong friendship and cooperation with Sri Lanka”
Premier Wen Jiabao added.
Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi, Minister of Commerce
Cheng Deming and several senior Ministers and high level officials
joined the Chinese Premier at this meeting. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to
China, Karunatilaka Amunugama, Additional Secretary to the Prime
Minister S. Miyanawela and members of the Prime Minister’s delegation
were also present.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 10th Western China
International Economy and Trade Fair.