People's Republic of China Ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao acknowledging the active role played by Sri Lanka in the regional and international stage, said Sri Lanka has been using its traditions, culture and wisdom effectively in diplomatic relations with the rest of the world. He said Sri Lanka's contribution in global endeavours and experiences stands far beyond its actual size and population.
The ambassador said Sri Lanka, being an island nation, faces very complicated situations often at the regional and worldwide stage in its diplomatic relations.
While praising the development and prosperity Sri Lanka has gained over the past years, he said Sri Lanka has been able to make a steady progress as an independent country.
Wu Jianghao admired the understanding, wisdom and thorough knowledge of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the current global context.
He said the addresses delivered by President Rajapaksa at two international forums he attended during his last state visit to China, depicted the aforesaid qualities in him. The ambassador made these comments participating as the Chief Guest at the annual convocation of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) at the BMICH yesterday.
The ambassador pointing to the conflicts and larger confrontations in the diplomatic level in the recent past in the world, stressed the importance of friendly relations, cooperation and effective communication to cultivate long lasting diplomatic ties with the other countries. He pointed out promoting International Relations subject would help achieve these outcomes.
He congratulated the certificate recipients reminding a Chinese saying, "Elegance comes out from rich knowledge".
Over 200 students who successfully completed Certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma courses in International Relations were awarded certificates.
Advisor to the President and BCIS Board of Studies Chairman Sunimal Fernando, BCIS Director Lynn Ockersz, UGC Chairman Prof Kshanika Hirimburegama, former UGC Chairman Prof Gamini Samaranayake and leading academics were present.