The Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka Chamal Rajapaksa meets his counterpart Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in China

posted on: 30-08-2012

The Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka Chamal Rajapaksa and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress (NPC) of China Wu Bangguo, viewed that the traditional and strong relations between Sri Lanka and China has reached an unprecedented level of cooperation and friendship under the current leadership of the two countries, when they met in Beijing on 13 June 2012.

The Speaker Rajapaksa was in China from 09th to 17th June 2012 at the invitation of Chairman Wu Bangguo.

At the bilateral discussion with Chairman Wu Bangguo, the Speaker Rajapaksa stated that he was pleased to be visiting China this particular year as Sri Lanka and China celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries and also the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the historic Rubber-Rice Pact. He thanked China for the support extended to Sri Lanka in the fight against terrorism and acknowledged that in the post-conflict era, China has become the largest economic partner of Sri Lanka. He also stated that Sri Lanka has identified China as a potential tourism market and believed that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Sri Lanka would greatly increase in the near future.

Chairman Bangguo stated that he considered the visit of the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa as an embodiment of the high attention China attaches to her relations with Sri Lanka, a traditional and genuine friend of China. He also stated that he looks forward to much closer cooperation with the Parliament of Sri Lanka in the tears ahead. Having acknowledged that the two countries have see an ever stronger political mutual trust, fruitful economics & trade cooperation’s as well as close exchanges in the areas of culture, technology and educations, Chairman Wu Bangguo noted with appreciation that the two countries have maintained good communication and coordination in the UN and other multilateral bodies as well. He assured that China would continue to work closely with Sri Lanka on matters of mutual interests. He further stated that China treats Sri Lanka as an equal partner and that China’s support for the development process for Sri Lanka is based on Sri Lanka’s domestic needs and stressed that China’s support attaches no conditions. Chairman Wu Bangguo expressed his confidence that Sri Lanka has the capacity to overcome the difficulties and achieve economic recovery and growth and that China will continue to extend its support for Sri Lanka’s fast tracked economic development programme.

The Speaker Rajapaksa commended China’s impressive economic growth momentum which helps transferring benefits to many developing nations including Sri Lanka.

Chairman Bangguo accepted with appreciation the Speaker Rajapaksa’s invitation to visit Sri Lanka at a mutually convenient time this year.

While in China, the Speaker Rajapaksa also met with Hua Jiamin, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China in Beijing; Liu Qibao, Secretary of the CPC Sichuan Committee in Chengdu; Xu Qian, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of Fujian Provincial People’s Congress in Fuzhou and Qin Guangrong, Chairman of the Yunnan Provincial People’s Congress in Kunming. At the meetings, Speaker Rajapaksa outlined the post conflict economic development process in Sri Lanka and sought the assistance of the respective Provincial Governments to encourage Chinese investors and business entrepreneurs to explore opportunities that are available in Sri Lanka. The Chinese leaders assured the Speaker Rajapaksa of their utmost support and cooperation in further strengthening economic and cultural relations between Sri Lanka and China.

The Sri Lanka delegation led by Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa consisted of Nimal Sripala De Silva, Leader of the House and Minister of irrigation and Water Resources Management; Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs; Salinda Dissanayake, Minister of Indigenous Medicine; Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Public Management Reforms; John Amaratunga, Chief Opposition Whip; Hon. S. Yoheswaran, M.P., Hon. R. M. Ranjith Madduma Bandara, M.P., Hon. Abdul Haleem, M.P., Hon. Y. G. Padmasiri, M.P., Hon. (Ms.) Upeksha Swarnamali, M.P., Hon. A. M. Chamika Buddhadasa M.P. and Dhammika Dasanayake, Secretary-General of Parliament of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to China Ranjith Uyangoda also joined the delegation with consul in Chengdu, Sumudu Walakuluge and senior diplomatic officials from the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing.

The Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and the delegation also visited Yingxiu earthquake site, Zitan and Capital Musuems in Beijing and the Agricultural University in Fuzhou and interacted with the local leaders and senior officials.

Latest Video

Development Map