INTERNATIONAL FRAME &
STRUGGLE for Tamil Eelam: china
Sri Lanka President Mahinda
Rajapakse leaves for China
Sri Lanka State Controlled Sunday Observer
25 February 2007
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Several agreements on Sino-Lanka bilateral co-operation will be
signed during President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Chinese visit, which coincides with
the 50th year anniversary of Sino-Lanka diplomatic relations.
The President will leave for China today on a seven-day marathon tour, during
which he would hold discussions with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, Chinese
Premier Wen Jiabao and senior government officials.
Among the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to be signed during the President's
visit are the Hambantota Port development project, Oil exploration in the
Western coast, student exchange, cultural co-operation, agriculture, corporate
and economic co-operation, eye donation and co-operation in urban development
and water supply.
President Rajapaksa will meet his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday for talks on
Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona said the government was particularly
interested to encourage Chinese investments in Sri Lanka.
He referred to oil exploration and the Hambantota port development project.
"The Government is also happy that China will help in exploration and
development of substantial petroleum resources in the West Coast. In addition,
the government expects Chinese involvement in the development of the Hambantota
harbour," he said.
He also said Sri Lanka planned to tap the fast growing Chinese tourism market
adding that historical and cultural links between the two countries would be an
incentive for Chinese tourists to visit Sri Lanka. The number of Chinese
tourists to Sri Lanka topped 16,000 last year, a 60 per cent increase from the
The President will visit Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai and meet potential
investors and senior Government officials. He will also attend several trade and
The President will also present an elephant to Chinese President Hu Jintao. A
short film, "Goodnight Colombo" will also be screened at the official banquet
hosted by the Chinese President.