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Monday, September 17, 2012 - 5.09 GMT
Chinese NPC chairman arrived


The Chairman of National People's Congress (NPC) Wu Bangguo arrived in Sri Lanka Saturday on an invitation extended by Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.

The Chinese legislator was warmly received by the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa upon his arrival at the Katunayake Bandaranayake International Airport.

"China is willing to join hands with Sri Lanka to consolidate traditional friendship, expand pragmatic cooperation, and lift their comprehensive and cooperative partnership to a new height," Wu said upon his arrival.

The Chinese official is expected to hold discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa during his four-day visit.

The discussions will be focused on enhancing bilateral ties between the two friendly countries.

This is the first visit to Sri Lanka by chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, China's top legislature.

China has been the largest donor to Sri Lanka providing aids for the major infrastructure projects in the country including the Norochcholai coal power plant, Magampura port, and second airport in Hambantota.

The Chinese-built Norochcholai power plant and the Hambantota port have been commissioned last year.

The Cabinet recently granted approval to the government to obtain over US$ 1 billion in loans to finance two major infrastructure projects in the Southern Province.

China's Exim Bank will finance the second phase of the Hambantota Harbor project and construct the Matara-Beliatta segment of the southern rail line expansion project.

The government also signed a US$ 382 million deal with China to undertake Moragahakanda Reservoir Project, the largest reservoir project in the country.





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