Sino- Sri Lanka relations- beginning of a new era says President
[August 31, 2005 - 8.15 GMT]
yesterday’s official reception at the lawn of the Great Hall of the
People in Beijing
the visiting President Chandrika Kumaratunga was accorded a Guard-of-honour
and a rousing welcome. The Chinese President Hu Jintao made the welcome
address. The Sri Lankan Leader during her response expressed confidence
that the landmark agreements signed on Tuesday would mark the beginning
of a new era in economic and political cooperation between
and would take Sino-Sri Lankan relations to a higher level.
the Chinese government and its peoples for their warm hospitality,
referring to the agreements reached during her Sate visit, the President
made special reference to two joint venture projects, namely the
Hambantota Port and the phosphate mining and fertilizer Project.
observed “The Port in Hambantota would be the first major harbor
constructed by any government since independence and the phosphate
mining and fertilizer project, is the first time mining will be done in
a scientific manner”.
Kumaratunga said the focus of the discussions held in the sphere of
tourism was on new avenues to increase the movement of tourists both
ways, attractive travel purchases and other attractive packages.
The President said
her government has prioritized several areas of activity in the social
and economic spheres. The Sri Lankan Free Market Economy was given a new
face by her Government, she explained this entailed extensive programmes
for poverty alleviation while meeting the demands of a modern world.
Kumaratunga said, “This meant we had to accelerate infrastructure like
ports, power supply, telephones and social infrastructure like health
The President said
the country’s infrastructure was in a poor state, when her Government
took over 12 years ago, today, through an accelerated infrastructure
development programme “over 60% of Sri
Lanka’s rural population had
electricity and there was a five fold increase in telephone
subscribers”. The Government she said was in the process of developing
express highways and had undertaken major development in the Ports and
The Sri Lankan
leader thanked her Chinese counterpart for his leadership and guidance
and for the assistance provided to Sri
Lanka. She further thanked the Chinese
leader for his views and sentiments expressed on a wide range of issues
concerning women and for their cause.
Kumaratunga said Sri Lanka would give serious consideration to China’s
concerns on certain UN reforms adding she looked forward to meeting him
at the world body in a couple of weeks.
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Date: August 31, 2005 - 8.15 GMT