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March 12, 2007 (LBO) — Sri Lanka is pushing for greater access to the Chinese aviation market, when high level officials meet for bilateral air-services talks later this week, the foreign ministry said Monday. Sino-Lanka aviation links have been in place since 1959, though direct airlinks between both countries were established when SriLankan airlines started thrice weekly flights to Beijing in 2005.

Sri Lanka is now pushing for more access points into China, when a delegation headed by Aviation Ministry secretary Tilak Collure, visits Beijing for two-days of bi-lateral talks on March 15.

The meeting follows the Approved Destination Status Agreement inked between both countries when Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapakse visited China recently, the ministry said.

“It is hoped that the agreement will encourage a greater flow of tourism between the two countries,” the statement said adding that senior officials from the ministries of tourism, foreign affairs, Attorney General’s department and SriLankan airlines will also take part in bi-lateral talks.

Sri Lanka recently concluded bi-lateral pacts with Asian neighbours of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, in keeping with the island’s polic