|SL looks forward to increasing cooperation with China- President|
|Tuesday, 09 August 2011|
Sri Lanka looks forward to increasing cooperation in trade and investment from China, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in an interview with Xinhua.
President Rajapaksa said China and Sri Lanka have seen the cooperation in many spheres, which has contributed to the regional stability and development.
"The high level exchanges between our two governments and the other interactions in areas of mutual interest have been most useful in developing the best relations between us. In fact it will be right to say that the relations between China and Sri Lanka are at the highest levels of friendship and understanding," said the President.
He said it will be possible to deepen the cooperation and friendship between the two countries with a greater trade, more cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said China now plays a very important role in the international stage and the fiscal policies of China have prevented the global economy from being badly affected by the financial crises in other parts of the world.
"China's growth rate is setting a benchmark for developing countries such as Sri Lanka. We are impressed by the role that China is playing today in strengthening the economies of countries in Africa. We also follow with interest the leading role that China is now playing in facing up to the challenges of climate change and protection of the environment," the President added.
With regard to preferential policies, President Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka will certainly consider such benefits to investments that have a direct impact on meeting the industrial and development needs of the country and will ensure the interests of all those who come to invest.
He said his government is also committed to the reconciliation among all communities, and the strengthening of peace to ensure that the dividends of peace are equitably distributed among the Sri Lankan people.
"We also appreciate very much the understanding shown by China on the pressures of the post-conflict period, and the support extended to heal the wounds of war," the president said.
Since 2007, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has visited China several times including in October last year as a special guest to attend the Expo 2010 Exhibition in Shanghai. "On the several occasions that I visited China I have been highly and favorably impressed by the development taking place in the economy, the participation of people in productive economic and social activities," the President said.
"In my upcoming visit, I expect to learn more of the progress and the management styles that have contributed to the progress of China, and also see how we could learn from the experiences of China."
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