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* Sri Lanka President congratulates new Chinese leader
Fri, Nov 16, 2012, 01:47 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has extended his congratulations to the new leader of China Xi Jinping who was confirmed yesterday as the head of the state.

Conveying his congratulations in a letter, President Rajapaksa has said that he believes Xi Jinping's experience in both local and international politics will enable him to guide China in the next decade.

President Rajapaksa has further noted that he hopes, under the guidance of the new leader of China, the ties between China and Sri Lanka will strengthen further, according to the national news agency.

China is Sri Lanka's largest lender providing financial assistance for mega infrastructure development projects such as Norochcholai Power Plant, Hambantota Harbor, Second international airport in Mattala and several road and rail projects.

China is an outspoken supporter of Sri Lanka at international fora and it continues to do so.

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