Discussions have been held between the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Chinese President Hu Jintao strengthening the close friendship between the two countries.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Shenzhen. The Chinese President also hosted a lunch in honour of the President after holding cordial discussions. Meanwhile the President participated in the grand opening of the Summer Universiade sports event. The event in which sportsmen and women from 120 countries participate, got underway in Shenzhen today. It will be held until the 23rd of this month. More than 11,000 athletes will participate in 105 events. Meanwhile the President also met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and held bilateral discussions yesterday. 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 President also exchanged views with Chinese University students in Sinhala.