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Aug 11, 2011 11:07:07 AM - itnnews.lk

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has told President Rajapaksa that China will extend firm support at international level to Sri Lanka in respect of all issues which touch on Sri Lanka’s interests. The assurance was given during a meeting between the Chinese Premier and the Sri Lankan President in Beijing today.

Expressing views on this meeting, Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said the Sri Lankan President and the Chinese Premier had a very fruitful meeting. The Chinese Prime Minister said that each time the President visited Sri Lanka there had been a significant strengthening of bombs between the two countries in every sphere. As far as trade was concerned, China said that they did not want to maintain a trade surplus in relation to Sri Lanka and that they wanted to encourage more exports from Sri Lanka to China and that they were prepared to take practical measures to enhance these exports.

The Minister said China expressed great satisfaction over the completion of Phase One of the Hambantota Harbour Project. The Chinese Premier said they were pared to to extend financial support for Phase Two of the Project. The Matar-Beliatta rail track also came up for discussion. This Project will also be supported by China. China expressed satisfaction over the completion of work on the Norochcholai Power Plant. With regard to investment and tourism the two leaders noted that 13 flights were operative to Chinese cities and they expressed their resolve to further increase the number of flights.

A notable feature was the support expressed by China to Sri Lanka at the United Nations and multilateral for a with regard to Sri Lanka’s interest at the international level. The Chinese Prime Minister accepted an invitation extended by President Rajapaksa to visit Sri Lanka