China, a tower of strength to Sri Lanka - Minister GL
'China was a tower of strength to Sri Lanka, especially when we faced
various challenges in the international arena, External Affairs Minister
Prof. G.L Peiris said.
Prof. G.L Peiris
The minister was making the keynote address at the 55th anniversary
of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the
People's Republic of China and 60th anniversary of Sri Lanka - China
Rubber Rice Pact, at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike International Conference
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 organized the ceremony.
"China has been the major partner in Sri Lanka, in the spheres of
social , cultural, economic and more importantly, in the development of
infrastructure facilities. The enormous contribution made by China to
our development process was appreciable," Minister Peiris said.
"The five visits to China by President Mahinda Rajapaksa were an
indication of the friendship and goodwill maintained by two countries,"
"Both countries helped each other during crisis situations and China
always safeguarded the dignity and self respect of Sri Lanka at every
turn. The friendship of the two countries has grown from strength to
strength and this will further blossom in the years to come," the
"In addition, many important State of the Art buildings in Sri Lanka
are the donations of China and I, being the External Affairs Minister of
Sri Lanka pay tribute to China for the goodwill and friendship extended
to us in this manner," he said. Chinese ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu
Jianghao said the traditional ties between the two countries have a long
"When China was in a difficult situation in 1952, Sri Lanka came
forward to support China by signing the Rubber Rice Pact. China also
stood by Sri Lanka in safeguarding its sovereignty and independence,
"the ambassador said. "No matter what happens in the international
arena, China and Sri Lanka will remain friends in the future too," he
"Sri Lanka is heading towards rapid development and has progressed
tremendously after the war," he said.
"China has always supported Sri Lanka's development process,
"Ambassador Jianghao added. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratnea and
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe also addressed the gathering.
Ministers Nimal Siripala De Silva, Rauff Hakeem, A.H.M. Fowzie and
Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody were also present.