Nov 09, Colombo: A special meeting was held between Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping on Zoom to exchange experiences on administrative matters of the two countries.
Representing Sri Lanka, President Rajapaksa was accompanied by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Minister of Education Prof. GL Peiris, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Namal Rajapaksa, Secretary to the SLFP, Attorney-at-Law Sagara Kariyawasam and a group of local government representatives in the meeting held Sunday (November 08) as a zoom video session.
Representing China, Head of the International Liaison Department of the Communist Party of China, Song Tao, Communist Party Secretary of Hainan province Liu Cigui, Deputy Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China Guo Yezhou, , senior representatives of the Chinese Embassy and a number of leaders of the Chinese Executive Leadership School in Shanghai participated in the meeting.
The meeting was held under the theme ‘Promoting Corporate Exchange’ between the two ruling parties for an in-depth exchange of party and governance experience.
Implementation of corporate exchange programs between the two countries in the coming years, party building, educating members, training of young leaders in particular, party discipline, cooperation between the government and the party, and maintaining relations with other political parties, were focused in depth during the meeting.
Future sessions in this regard are expected to be held either by a Sri Lankan delegation visiting China under COVID restrictions or by attending online conferences.
The discussions were crucial in strengthening the long-standing ties between the two countries and exchanging issues of bilateral importance.
At the first session held between the CPC and the SLPP on 4th November, the main objective was to discuss how the ruling party could provide political guidance for national development.
However, President Xi Jinping and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa didn’t join the session on November 4th.
At the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on October 29, its Central Committee presented a five-year plan on how to plan China’s future development trajectory over the next five years, including a number of key points and opportunities for Chinese-Sri Lankan cooperation.
The meeting also discussed how the Communist Party of China and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna can work together and share experience in building Sri Lanka on its journey towards development and prosperity.
It was also revealed that steps will be taken to set up a Chinese-Sri Lanka Political Party Exchange and Cooperation Center in Hainan Province, China. It was also noted that the Chinese government will also donate materials to Sri Lanka to combat the COVID-19 epidemic.