Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who will undertake his maiden visit to China on 06th April 2016, is looking to advance the relations between the two countries to a new level during a three day visit, which is his first official visit since President Maithripala Sirisena was elected to power January last year.
In China, Wickremesinghe is scheduled to hold high level discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang and The Chairman of the Standing Committee of The National People’s Congress, Zhang Dejiang, in an effort to advance the relations between the two countries to a new level.
Wickremesinghe will be accompanied by his wife, Prof. Maithree Wickremesinghe, while Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Special Projects Sarath Amunugama, Minister of City Planning & Water Supply Rauf Hakeem, Minister of Housing & Construction Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Development Strategies & International Trade Malik Samarawickrema, Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Athaudahetti, UNP’s Co-ordinator for International Relations Mahinda Haradasa and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Sandra Perera, will form his entourage.
Wickremesinghe’s visit is expected to promote co-operation mechanisms between the two countries in the spheres of economic affairs, investment and technology. It is also expected to bolster co-operation in science, sports, tourism development, financial services and water resources management along with initiation of mobile clinics for kidney patients. Several multi-lateral agreements will be entered into between the two countries during Wickremesinghe’s visit.
In a gesture that will renew the strong and historic ties between the United National Party and the Chinese Communist Party, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe will also hold talks with the Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China, Song Tao.
Meanwhile, a group of business representatives from Sri Lanka will also hold discussions with leading Chinese entrepreneurs, in an effort to enhance Chinese investments in Sri Lanka.