China’s oldest and largest think-tank, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) and Pathfinder Foundation (PF), signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation through collaborative institutional relations.
The two delegations also discussed several issues of mutual interest. CICIR President Prof. Ji Zhiye highlighted China’s interest in developing infrastructure that will connect western China with Europe and eastern China with countries in the Indian Ocean by developing the ancient Maritime Silk Road.
Founder President Milinda Moragoda spoke of the need for Sri Lanka to attract Chinese investment to the island, taking in to consideration the fact that during the period of internal conflict, the government was unable to focus on infrastructure development.
Both sides agreed to devote time to study the issue and come up with conclusions and recommendations.
Pathfinder Foundation also has close working relationships with several other Chinese institutions. One such institution is the Chinese Peoples’ Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD).