Lanka wants expanded relationship with China
Aug 10, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Sri Lanka has deep appreciation of the understanding and support extended by China during our country’s sustained effort to eradicate terrorism, and now looks forward to a strengthened and expanded relationship in responding to the economic challenges which lie ahead, External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said in Shanghai on Tuesday.
Prof. Peiris, who is on an official visit to the People’s Republic of China on the invitation of China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi was addressing the Institute of International Studies in Shanghai.
The Minister, who referred to China’s active involvement in the building of infrastructure - especially in the fields of ports, highways and the power and energy sector - explained in detail the plans of the Government of Sri Lanka in respect of accelerated development of the economy.
In a situation where unrivalled progress is possible, taking advantage of the twin factors of durable peace combined with a unique degree of political stability, Minister Peiris suggested to China’s Intelligentsia viable avenues for further reinforcing a relationship which has stood the test of time since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1958.