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* China assures support to Sri Lanka against "groundless accusations "
Thu, Mar 21, 2013, 11:33 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 21, Colombo: China says it will continue its support for Sri Lanka's sovereignty and is committed to support Sri Lanka against "groundless accusations" at international fora.

China reiterated its strong support for Sri Lanka when the Vice Chairman of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Mr. Luo Fuhe met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (March 20).

"We hope we can continue to support each other to promote peace and development. We will try our best to ensure win-win cooperation," the Chinese official told the President.

Sri Lankan President, recalling that mega infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka such as the BMICH, the Supreme Court complex, the Nelum Pokuna Theater, and the Hambantota port and airport were all either gifted or supported by China, conveyed his appreciation for China for its long-time partnership in Sri Lanka's development.

Mr. Fuhe, who attended the opening ceremony of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) built with Chinese funds, told the President that the opening of the Airport is a good opportunity to send a message of the friendship between China and Sri Lanka.

Adding that China is interested in exploring new sectors for future projects, the Chinese official has said China now wants to focus on potential new projects in the health, education and cultural sectors for the wellbeing of the Sri Lankan people.

He has thanked Sri Lanka for its support to China in the international arena and President in return has assured the Vice Chairman of Sri Lanka's support for China's policies.

China's Ambassador in Sri Lanka Mr. Wu Jianghao, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama, Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing & Common Amenities Mr. Wimal Weerawansa, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama joined the meeting.

(Photos by Sudath Silva)

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