Sri Lanka to increase diplomatic representation in China

Aug 05, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will open a consulate in Chengdu, following the opening of a consulate in Shanghai, increasing the island’s diplomatic representation in China, the foreign ministry said. Foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama who met visiting vice-governor of China’s Yunan province Gao Feng who was accompanied by a trade delegation.

Minister Bogollagama referred to a special relationship characterized by a “friendship between a small country and a big country”, the foreign ministry said.

“The Minister also appreciated the support extended by China to Sri Lanka in various international and multilateral fora and recorded the assistance rendered by China for Sri Lanka’s infrastructure developments such as roads, electricity among others,” a ministry statement said.

China is financing the island’s first coal power plant, and a large port in the southern town of Hambantota.

The foreign minister had invited China to operate air flights between the two countries to promote tourism and vice-governor Feng had invited Sri Lanka to participate in the China International Tourism Mart, the statement said.