Journal : China.org (English) Date : Author : Guan Weiwei Page No. : NA
URL : http://china.org.cn/world/2017-02/05/content_40225325_4.htm

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit China in May to discuss further economic cooperation, the Sri Lankan ambassador said on Feb. 4, a significant date for an announcement because it marks the island nation’s 69th National Day celebration.

Photo Caption: Flag hoisting ceremony at the Embassy of Sri Lanka, Beijing on February 4, 2017. [Photo by Yang Jia/China.org.cn]

This year also marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and China and the 65th anniversary of the Rubber-Rice Pact, an agreement that proved momentous for both countries.

The ambassador, Karunasena Kodituwakku, said Wickremesinghe will attend the Belt and Road Initiative Forum hosted in Beijing on May 14 and 15 in Beijing, and added that Sri Lanka will join China’s Belt and Road Initiative and seek more investment and further cooperation.

“Like Singapore and Hong Kong, Colombo will be built into an international financial city in South Asia,” said the ambassador, showing positive perspective on China’s investment on Colombo Port projects.

A growing number of Sri Lankan study Mandarin and Chinese medicine in China, reflecting the increasing development and cultural exchanges between the two countries. Kodituwakka also predicts that by 2020, there will be more than 2 million Chinese tourists visiting Sri Lanka.

Photo Caption: Flag hoisting ceremony at the Embassy of Sri Lanka, Beijing on February 4, 2017. [Photo by Yang Jia/China.org.cn]

Photo Caption: Sri Lankan ambassador Karunasena Kodituwakku meets the media in Beijing on February 4, 2017. [Photo by Yang Jia/China.org.cn]

Photo Caption: Celebrations are held at the Embassy of Sri Lanka, Beijing for Sri Lanka’s 69th National Day, February 4, 2017. [Photo by Yang Jia/China.org.cn]

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