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Monday, September 16, 2013 - 5.45 GMT
Sri Lanka needs a stable and powerful government for development - President


Sri Lanka needs a stable and powerful government with the support of the people for the country's development and the Western countries criticize Sri Lanka without a "clear understanding", Mahinda Rajapaksa has said.

President Rajapaksa said the development of a country requires a stable government which is a powerful support to a country and a powerful government with full support by the people is the most important factor for the government to push forward.

"It's easy for the western countries to talk, to criticize. I'm sorry to say that the western countries criticize us without having a clear understanding," the President said in an interview to China's state television CCTV.

Explaining how much Chinese investment means to the country, the Sri Lankan President said bilateral relations have extended to educational, social, and cultural and all kinds of aspects and therefore, a high level of strategic cooperative partnership has been formed.

During President Rajapaksa's state visit to China in May this year, the two countries upgraded relations to a strategic cooperative partnership.

After the three-decade long armed conflict ended in May 2009, Sri Lanka focused on reconstructing the infrastructure and other facilities destroyed by the Tamil Tiger terrorists in the North and constructing strategic new infrastructure including the coal power plants, harbor and the international airport in Hambantota in the deep south.

Chinese investment there mainly focused on railway, power plant and port construction.

"For the port construction, we want a free port. As for the tourism, we need a lot of Chinese investment. And we are satisfied with the investment from China so far," the President, speaking especially about Sri Lanka's infrastructure construction, said the during the interview.

During President's visit to Beijing in May 2013, China and Sri Lanka signed agreements on a 3-stage economic cooperation plan.





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