The President will participate in the grand opening of the Summer Universiade sports event.
The sports event in which sports men and women from 120 countries participate, will get underway in Shenzhen today. It will be held until the 23rd of this month. More than 11,000 athletes will participate in 105 events. This is the largest event to be held in the history of the Universiade sports event. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is participating in the event on the invitation of the Chinese Government. The President will also met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. The Chinese Premier pledged the necessary support for the President to maintain the territorial integrity of the country. He stated that there is a long lasting friendship between the two countries. The President was conferred a honourary degree by the Beijing Foreign Studies University yesterday.
The degree was conferred on the President for peace and reconciliation created by him at the local and international level, eliminating terrorism for creating a conducive environment for all communities to live in harmony and for strengthening friendship between Sri Lanka and China.