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China's assistance to Sri Lanka indispensable
We cannot forget what China, the present economic giant has done to
our country. It is immeasurable and unimaginable. Our relationship with
China goes back to more than thousand five hundred years. It was
historic that Sri Lanka was the first country to recognise the People's
Republic of China. We supported China in the re-entry to the UN.
Our relations with China have been firmly strengthened further today
as Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe has signed a variety of
agreements, covering economic and technical assistance.
The greatest offer of Yuan 500 Million, the Chinese financial grant
was most appreciable and time-worthy, at a time Sri Lanka is confronting
a financial crisis.
Further it has agreed to expedite the free trade agreements between
the two countries, assist the Hambantota port project, signing an
extradition treaty, signing MoUs between the Chinese Commerce Ministry
and the International Commerce Ministry of Sri Lanka, the kidney mobile
screening project, assisting the second phase of the southern expressway
are some of them.
In the history of Sri Lanka, it is a landmark, the leader of the UNP
has visited China and entered into many bilateral agreements.
We salute and wish both countries to be ever-united and specially
thank China for her magnanimous assistance to Sri Lanka which we will