The Governor of the Yunnan Province, Qin Guangrong conveyed China’s
support to the economic development process in Sri Lanka, with
investment and association with major economic infrastructure projects
in the country, when he called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently.
Acknowledging the contribution made by China for the development of the
country, President Rajapaksa stated that Sri Lanka’s economy has been
greatly benefited by some mega-projects funded by China in recent years
and expressed his gratitude to China’s participation in Sri Lanka’s
economic rebuilding process, after decades of LTTE terrorism ended last
Commending the able leadership of the President, the Governor stated
that President Rajapaksa’s overwhelming political success following a
strong mandate in the recent elections, were due to his leadership in
liberating the country from terrorism and his commitment towards the
economic development of the country.
The two leaders stressed the need to enhance the cooperation between
the two countries in many areas such as economy, education, culture,
agriculture, investment and tourism. Referring to the maiden flight by
China Eastern Airlines from Kunming to Sri Lanka with ‘a planeload of
friendship’, the Governor of the Yunnan Province said that it would
undoubtedly increase the tourist arrivals from China to Sri Lanka. He
further added that the business delegation which accompanied him was
keen to collaborate with their counterparts in Sri Lanka to promote
trade and investment.
While welcoming the visiting Governor to the Ministry of External
Affairs Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris opined that
visits of this nature would make a valuable contribution towards
enhancing the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries.
Governor Guangrong also noted that Yunnan Province in China was a
tourism province, filled with abundance of natural resources while Sri
Lanka was a well known tourist destination.
Referring to his visit to China in August 2010, the Minister of
External Affairs stated that the visit provided him with an opportunity
to brief the leaders of the Chinese Government on the current political
situation and development process in Sri Lanka.
He expressed appreciation for the various assistances rendered by China
and requested the Governor of the Yunnan Province to encourage more
Chinese investors to explore the potential and opportunities available
in the North and East of Sri Lanka with the dawn of peace and stability.
Several MoUs were signed in the spheres of agriculture, higher
education, bio-mass and tourism promotion, providing more impetus to
the relations between the two countries.