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Rubber-Rice Pact an 'agreement of friendship’

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Chinese Embassy Charge d'Affaires Pang Chunxue with the family members of the late Commerce Minister R.G. Senanayake and late Chinese Commerce Minister Lei Renmin
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Chinese Embassy Charge d'Affaires Pang Chunxue with the family members of the late Commerce Minister R.G. Senanayake and late Chinese Commerce Minister Lei Renmin

The 65th anniversary of the signing of historic Rubber-Rice Pact between the then Ceylon and China in 1952 was celebrated on a grand scale under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Charge d’Affaires Pang Chunxue, recently.

At the outset it was brought to the attention of invitees that this historic Rubber-Rice Pact was signed 65 years ago by the then Sri Lankan Minister of Commerce, the late R.G. Senanayake and the then Chinese Commerce Minister, the late Lie Renmin.

The participation of the grandchildren and great grandchildren of both former Sri Lankan and Chinese commerce ministers were the significant moment at the event. Speaker Jayasuriya praised the family members of the former Chinese Commerce Minister for visiting Sri Lanka all the way from China to grace the occasion

Making the welcome address Speaker Jayasuriya highly valued the signing of this Rubber-Rice Pact at a time when there was a severe shortage of rice in Ceylon while the Chinese government too needed good quality rubber to help their industrialists.

He mentioned that during the period our country depended on rubber, while China had a surplus of rice and this situation encouraged the former Minister R.G. Senanayake to sign this historic Rubber-Rice agreement between the two countries.

He said this agreement could be regarded as the longest trade agreement and therefore this could be recognized as an 'agreement of friendship’. He also highlighted this historic Rubber-Rice Pact not only helped both nations to fulfill their economic aspirations but also strengthened the long-lasting friendship between two nations and proudly said this friendship will be last long in the years to come.

Speaker Jayasuriya said, “Going back to the history, our ancient Ceylon had a close rapport with China for a record period of over 1,000 years from the time the great Phahian Thera stepped into our historical Land and since then the unbroken friendship among Sinhalese and Chinese prospered to a greater extent.”

He also reminded that in addition to the Rubber-Rice Pact these two countries have now focused attention towards importing and exporting various other goods.

Speaker Jayasuriya also highlighted various other projects carried out with the assistance of Chinese government such as the Veyangoda and Pugoda textile mills, Ginganga project, the Colombo Port City, highways, Nelum Pokuna, etc.

He also commended the Chinese government for gifting the BMICH auditorium.

Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Charge d’Affaires Pang Chunxue also valued the Rubber-Rice Pact and said China had over 1,000-year friendship with Sri Lanka. The ceremony ended with the exchanging of plaques between Speaker Jayasuriya and Charge d’Affaires Pang Chunxue. 


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