President Mahinda Rajapaksa, commencing a four-day state visit, arrived in China this morning (May 27).
President Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wikaramasinghe Rajapaksa were warmly received at the Beijing Capital International Airport by China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Liu Zhenmin along with Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in China Mr. Ranjith Uyangoda.
President Rajapaksa will take part in a number of bilateral meetings in Beijing in the coming days and also travel to Shaanxi Province to attend the opening ceremony of the 2013 International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) Special Conference under the theme “Promote Green Development and Build a Beautiful Asia.”
The President is also expected to attend the inaugural ceremonies of the Global Service Forum, Beijing Summit.
The Sri Lankan delegation accompanying the President includes Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Monitoring MP for the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vaas Gunawardena, Ministers Mr. Wimal Weerawansa and Mr. Douglas Devananda, Parliamentarians Mr. A.H.M. Azwer and Mr. Namal Rajapaksa, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Chief-of-Staff Mr. Gamini Senerath.