To celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations

2022-07-17 0 By

“Today marks the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Sri Lanka.Since the establishment of diplomatic ties 65 years ago, the two sides have always understood and supported each other, setting a good example of friendly coexistence and mutually beneficial cooperation between countries big or small.China and Sri Lanka are good friends who help each other, good partners for common development and good brothers who support each other.Sri Lanka abides by the One-China principle and firmly supports China’s legitimate position in international affairs.China also firmly supports Sri Lanka in safeguarding national sovereignty and independence and pursuing a development path suited to its national conditions.Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the two sides have worked together to fight the epidemic in the spirit of mutual assistance, and their traditional friendship has been sublimated.Earlier this year, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid a successful visit to Sri Lanka and jointly launched celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties and the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Rice and Rubber Agreement.China stands ready to work together with Sri Lanka, with the establishment of diplomatic relations between the anniversary as an opportunity, carry forward the “independent self-improvement, unity and mutual assistance” rice glue agreement spirit, further deepen the traditional friendship, enhance political mutual trust, strengthen solidarity and resistance to disease, promote to build “One Belt And One Road” pragmatic cooperation quality upgrading, close coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, to consolidate and expand good strategic partnership, in theTo bring more benefits to our two countries and peoples.”Let us walk into the corridor of history and look back and bless the friendly cooperation between China and Sri Lanka and the profound friendship between our two peoples in precious photos.Long live China-Sri Lanka friendship!On December 18, 1952, China and Sri Lanka, which had not yet established diplomatic relations, broke through numerous obstacles and signed the historic agreement on Trade of Rice and Rubber (commonly known as the Agreement on Rice Rubber).On February 4, 1957, Premier Zhou Enlai made a speech to the masses in Colombo’s Independence Square in the rain.On February 7, China and Sri Lanka formally established diplomatic relations.On June 28, 1972, Chairman MAO Zedong met with visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mrs. Bandaranaike.On May 23, 1984, Comrade Deng Xiaoping met with visiting Sri Lankan President Jayawardena.On August 14, 1979, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Premadasa (who later became president) presented the baby elephant “Alaria” to the Chinese people at the Workers’ Stadium in Beijing.On April 22, 1996, President Jiang Zemin welcomed Sri Lankan President Kumaratunga to China.On August 8, 2008, President Hu Jintao and his wife welcomed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his wife who came to China to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games.From September 16 to 17, 2014, President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Sri Lanka.On March 26, 2015, President Xi Jinping met with visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.On 6 February 2020, Sri Lankan President Pervez Gotabaya donated Ceylon black tea to Wuhan to express condolences to China for its fight against COVID-19.On 5 February 2020, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Led several cabinet ministers and nearly 1,000 people to recite prayers for the Chinese people’s fight against COVID-19.In February 2020, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu and Islamic groups in Sri Lanka collectively prayed for China.In February 2020, students from Devi Girls’ School in Sri Lanka sent letters and pictures to President Xi Jinping and Professor Peng Liyuan to wish China well.On March 31, 2021, Sri Lankan President Pervez Gotabaya visited Colombo Airport to welcome the first batch of vaccines provided by China.By September 2021, China had provided 26 million doses of vaccines to Sri Lanka (3 million of them as aid), accounting for 80% of the total number of vaccines vaccinated in Sri Lanka.On May 17, 1973, bandaranaike International Conference Building (bangsha for short) was completed with the assistance of the Chinese government.In 1989, the Sri Lankan High Court Building, built with the assistance of the Chinese government, was put into use.On December 15, 2011, The Lotus Pond Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, built with the assistance of the Chinese government, officially opened to the public.On June 11, 2021, the China-Sri Lanka Friendship And Sri Lanka National Nephrology Hospital, built with the assistance of the Chinese government, was officially opened.In July 2021, Sri Lanka issued commemorative coins celebrating the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Sri Lanka.On August 22, 2019, the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) donated the Sri Lankan Navy frigate “King Prakelambahu” (formerly “Tongling”) officially commissioned, becoming the most powerful warship of Sri Lanka.On December 3, 2012, the Confucius Institute at Kelaniya University in Sri Lanka celebrated its fifth anniversary.China and Sri Lanka have long maintained close people-to-people exchanges and cooperation.Colombo International Container Terminal, jointly operated by China Merchants Port Group and Sri Lanka Port Authority, has been named Asia’s best container terminal for five consecutive years.The Colombo Airport Expressway, southern Expressway, southern railway extension and central Expressway (under construction) financed by China have become backbone infrastructure lines in Sri Lanka.The Lotus TV Tower, financed and built by China, is Sri Lanka’s newest landmark and the highest self-supporting building in South Asia.Hambantota International Port and Industrial Park, jointly operated by China Merchants Port Group and Sri Lanka Port Authority, has become an important shipping and industrial hub in South Asia.Colombo Port City, jointly developed by China Communications Construction Group and the Sri Lankan government, is the largest ever foreign direct investment project in Sri Lanka and a “city of the future” rising on the Indian Ocean.On January 9, 2022, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya and Prime Minister Mahinda Of Sri Lanka jointly attended the launch ceremony of a series of celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of china-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations and the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Rice and Rubber Agreement at the Marina of Colombo Port City.They will also visit a photo exhibition featuring signatures of 10,000 Sri Lankans in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and china-Sri Lanka Friendship and Cooperation. The “China-Sri Lanka Friendship Cup sailing competition” will also be held.Through vigorous competition and competition, China-Sri Lanka relations will continue to sail far and wide from a new historical starting point.