China reiterates commitment to safeguard SL’s national dignity
China will help Sri Lanka to safeguard its national dignity and
territorial integrity in the future too, Political Counsellor and
Chinese embassy Deputy Head of Mission Ren Faqiang said at a media
briefing at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on Wednesday.
The media briefing was held to mark the 55th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the People’s
Republic of China and the 60th anniversary of the Sri Lanka - China
Rubber Rice Pact. The Sri Lanka China Friendship Association, Sri Lanka
China Society, Association for Sri Lanka China Social and Cultural
Cooperation and Sri Lanka China Journalists’ Forum in collaboration with
the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka will
celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic
relations between Sri Lanka and the People’s Republic of China and the
60th anniversary of the Sri Lanka-China Rubber-Rice Pact on July 10 at
“Mutual trust and bilateral relations between the two countries are
very important and this has lasted for years without any interuption,”
“China will assist Sri lanka as a true friend and it is very evident
that Sri Lanka has a bright future, Ren Faqiang added.
“ We will do our best for the development of Sri Lanka”, he stated.
“The friendship between the two countries has grown much stronger and
people to people contact developed the mutual understanding between the
two nations,” he further said. China - Sri Lanka Friendship Association
Secretary Sumathi Dharmawardena said Sri Lanka and the People’s Republic
of China accorded each other diplomatic recognition in 1950 and in April
1952, both countries entered into the historic Rubber-Rice Pact, whereby
Sri Lanka supplied rubber to China receiving rice from China in return.
“This agreement was entered into at a time when certain countries had
imposed a ban on the supply of strategic materials, which included
rubber, to China. Following the electoral victory led by the late Prime
Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike ,the two countries established full
diplomatic relations, “he said.
Consequent to the establishment of diplomatic relations, both
countries took a number of steps in the political, economic, trade and
cultural fields to strengthen their bilateral relations, he said.
Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne will be the Chief Guest at the event
on July 10 at BMICH while External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris
will deliver the keynote address.