Sri Lanka’s UNP and Communist Party of China to strengthen links


Mar 07, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party has initiated plans to deepen its relationships with the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Board of Investment said in a media release.

The statement came after the Chairman of the UNP Minister Malik Samarawickrama and Minister Sagala Ratnayaka concluding a meeting with Minister and Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC.

The ministers have agreed to strengthen the links between their parties through bilateral exchanges to build capacity and increase people-to-people contacts.

They have also recalled that the China-Sri Lanka Rubber Rice Pact was signed during a UNP government in 1952 in the face of strong opposition from major powers who were intent upon isolating the People’s Republic of China, following the communist revolution.

“A delegation of young politicians and party cadres will be visiting China to study the working of the CPC,” the statement said.

“This will create an opportunity for human resource development to build the UNP party organizational and leadership skills.”

Minister Samarawickrama has briefed the Chinese Ministers about the measures being taken to accelerate Chinese projects in Sri Lanka; new investment opportunities being generated by the government’s development plans; and initiatives for increased people-to-people contacts, particularly tourism.

The CPC has played the central role in China’s rapid rise into an economic superpower.