President Mahinda Rajapakse is due to arrive in China today

President Mahinda Rajapakse is due to arrive in China this morning starting a seven-day visit with the hope of strengthening the bilateral ties between the two countries. The visit also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Sino-Lanka diplomatic relations. Several agreements on Sino-Lanka bilateral co-operation will be signed during the President’s tour in China.

During his stay in China the president will hold discussions with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and senior government officials. Among the Memoranda of Understanding to be signed during the President’s visit are the Hambantota Port development project, Oil exploration in the Western coast, student exchange, cultural and economic co-operation, agriculture, and co-operation in urban development and water supply.

The special attention will be paid on encouraging Chinese investments in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka also plans to tap the fast growing Chinese tourism market. The President will visit Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai and meet potential investors. The President will also gift the Baby elephant called “Migara” to the Chinese President. A Samadhi Buddha Statue will also be presented to the Chinese government by the Sri Lankan delegation to mark the historical cultural relationship between the two countries. Parallel to the Sri Lankan president’s visit to China a Sri Lankan trade and tourist exhibition will also be held in China.

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Posted on February 26, 2007, in Sri Lanka and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. @Former Sri Lankan Diplomat

    This is not the correct moment, I’m sure, in the future, but at this time I’m not going to engage in political speculation.

    You can, I’m sure, understand and appreciate that President Rajapakse is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest and doing the most difficult job in the world leading our beloved motherland which is infested by a ruthless terrorist organization the LTTE.

    You can agree with MR or disagree with MR, but it’s impossible not to appreciate and respect his leadership. He’s a great leader. So I think we can give him that respect.

    Thank You

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  2. Former Sri Lankan Diplomat

    Ranjith — I can’t figure out when you say the following: You may not have a case but this looks like a concerted effort to put an end to President Rajapakse.

    Don’t you think the conflict between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leadership and ousted Ministers Sripathi Suriyaarachchi and Mangala Samaraweera can trigger the down fall of MR’s Government. Meanwhile, some media have reported a potential new alliance between the two ousted Ministers and CBK. Media have also speculated that the JVP is likely to join them.

    Coming back to your comment in a way you implying the above when you say “Concerted effort to put an end to President Rajapakse” I feel you are using reverse psychology the way are mixing your words and to make things more confusing you end your comment with a quote that sets the stage for suspense this comment is like the Da Vinci Code.

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  3. @Sri Lankan in EU:) You may not have a case but this looks like a concerted effort to put an end to President Rajapakse.

    Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents. Kahlil Gibran

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  4. Sri Lankan in EU

    Lanka Page you omitted this part of the news, MR is crazy … why does he need 100+ to tag along with him, the UNP,JVP,SLFP-CBK and the real thinking Sri Lankan MP’s should Impeach him ASAP.

    Lanka Page with the clout you have with the International media, you are in a better position to expose MR and his set of jokers, the Slogan of your Blog says and I quote: “Inside the Sri Lanka Smoking Gun”. This news below is Smoking Gun related, Lanka Page readers Sri Lanka is burning MR is having a carnival in China.

    This news report is from a Sunday Edition in Sri Lanka:

    SriLankan chartered to ferry MR’s jumbo team to China

    By Dharisha Bastians and Gihan Indraguptha

    A delegation of over 100 persons including 20 Buddhist monks will accompany President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he leaves on an official visit to China tonight, The Nation learns.

    A Sri Lankan Airlines A330 aircraft has been chartered by the government for the President to travel to Beijing, and will leave the Bandaranaike International Airport at 11 p.m. tonight. The aircraft will return to Colombo without passengers and will go back to Beijing to pick up the Presidential delegation on March 3.

    Sri Lankan Airlines will incur a minimum cost of US $ 266,000 or Rs. 26 million to provide the aircraft, including fuel, cabin crew and other costs. However, according to airline sources, the government had agreed to cover the entire cost of chartering the aircraft four ways.

    Reports also indicated that the A330 scheduled to fly the President to Beijing had been grounded for four days for security checks, but Head of Corporate Communications, Sri Lankan Airlines, Chandana De Silva refuted these claims saying that an A330 aircraft had been grounded for a routine check.

    Airline sources meanwhile reported that one Middle East bound flight, UL 207 scheduled to leave Colombo tonight had been cancelled because of the Presidential travel arrangements. A senior Sri Lankan Airlines pilot is scheduled to fly the Presidential entourage to China tonight.

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