President returns after successful visit to China
[May 17 2019]
President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the Island
today (16) after successfully completing the brief official visit to
China bringing many developmental benefits to the country while
enhancing the cooperation regarding the national security of Sri Lanka.
The official discussion held between President
Sirisena and the Chinese President Xi Jinping was concluded in a
fruitful manner and the Chinese President pledged to provide every
possible assistance to Sri Lanka to curb terrorism.
The Chinese government has taken steps to provide a
grant of Rs 2,600 million for Security Forces during this emergency
situation on a request by President Maithripala Sirisena. The Chinese
President has also agreed to immediately release 100 jeeps and many
other equipment costing Rs. 1,500 million to the Sri Lanka Police
President Sirisena briefed his Chinese counterpart
about the Easter Sunday attacks, steps taken by the government following
the attacks and the new security mechanism put in place by the
The discussion also focused on strengthening
cooperation in the defence sector and sharing
intelligence between the two countries.
President Sirisena said that the country does not have
technological expertise and equipment to trace the individuals who are
fanning the flames of terrorism by propagating false information through
The Chinese President agreed to provide necessary
technological expertise and equipment to the country immediately. He
also informed President Sirisena that a Chinese technical team will be
sent to Sri Lanka soon to look into the matter. Both leaders also
discussed on the progress of development projects being implemented in
the country with Chinese financial assistance. Sri Lanka President said
that he expects to complete the constructions of these projects soon.
A meeting between president Sirisena and the Prime
minister of China Li Keqiang was held at Beijing yesterday (15th). Then,
China's Prime Minister also stressed that China is firmly in touch with
Sri Lanka in the fight against terrorism.
After one year a number of tourists from China are
reaching Sri Lanka and one of the most profound investment opportunities
will be carried on by China. Managing the political circumstance emerged
as the leader of the state, the security of the parties that have
invested and hope to invest in Sri Lanka in the future and the security
of the tourists are to ensured where the President discussed the
decisions on behalf of that.
Meanwhile, the international Conference on Asian
civilization was addressed by the President where he expressed to world
leaders that it is essential to join hands together with the allied
countries to eradicate terrorism from the world. Leaders and other
representatives from 47 countries listened to President Sirisena's
speech with admiration as a leader who has fought against terrorism and
has carried a broader program against terrorism.
(The ministers and representatives who participated in
the President's official visit to China had made the statements).
Minister Mr. Daya Gamage
I believe that the visit by His Excellency the
President Maithripala Sirisena to China, on the invitation of the
Chinese President Xi Jingping China is a great opportunity for our
country. The visit resulted in signing of two MoUs between China and Sri
Lanka. China has agreed to provide assistance worth over two billion
rupees to Sri Lanka. The Chinese government gave us the high technology
assistance to protect the national security of our country which we need
for the country at this moment.
They also agreed to give 100 Jeeps to the Police
Department, acceding to the request made by the President. In addition,
our country will get every possible support to boost tourists industry,
which has eclined now. So, we invited the Deputy Tourist Minister of
China to visit to Sri Lanka to help to bring back the situation.
Actually, he accepted the invitation. I believe that Chinese tourists
will come in large numbers soon. Similarly, the Chinese Government
agreed to give us every possible help to ensure the security of the
country in the future. I think this trip is a very successful one.
State Minister Ashok Abeysinghe
An important conference regarding Asian civilizations
was held at Beijing, China with the participation of 48 Asian countries.
His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena was
received a special invitation by Xi Jinping, President of China. The two
leaders used this opportunity to conduct a discussion regarding the
current situation of the country. That discussion was quite successful.
At the very beginning of the discussion, the President insisted the
modern technology we are in need of, to maintain the security of the
country. At that time, the President of china acceded to the request
made by the President of Sri Lanka, and decided to grant 100 million
Yuan in assistance. He further promised that the funds we further need
would be granted after discussing with the officials. He also agreed to
give 100 jeeps for the benefit of the Police in Sri Lanka.
He further agreed to grant security equipment that are
needed for airports in the future. He also assured that the two sides
should work together to strengthen the bond in between China and Sri
In addition to the successful discussions held between
the President of Sri Lanka and China, our President also met the Prime
Minister of China as well. The Prime Minister also agreed and conformed
the matters discussed earlier. In Addition, the declining of tourist
arrivals in consequence of the Easter Friday attack (21) was also
discussed. They noted that around 2,3 lacks Chinese tourists visit Sri
Lanka. They also considered the required measures to increase the
tourist arrivals in the future. The success behind this discussion can
be noticed, from the fact that the discussion continued for two hours
and both the parties share their opinions precisely during the
Our President initiated a face to face discussion with
one of the world's superpowers and It has been a great victory that our
President could obtain all the supports and grants from that powerful
Southern Province Governor Ranjith Keerthi Tennakoon
The tour to China today along with several Cabinet
Ministers and Governors is very important to the President. We were able
to reach our targets during this tour. We were able to engage in
bilateral discussions with the Chinese President and the Prime Minister,
and also some key institutions such as the Foreign Ministry as well as
the security services. We were able to gain the technical and material
support as well as electronic devices, software and funding that we need
to battle against terrorism. China is a country which was able to stand
firm against terrorism, racism and also various religious divisions.
They shared their experience in handling such situations and also opted
to hand Sri Lanka the devices and software which were used in the
process. Further, they agreed to provide Sri Lanka 100 jeeps to be
distributed among the Department of Police and also other Security
Services. As a result of this tour, Sri Lanka will receive software
which would help control racial and hate messages and monitor the people
spreading fake news.
Moreover, the seafaring vessel which was previously
discussed could be handed over within the next month and it could help
tighten the security of coastal areas. It will be helpful to Sri Lanka's
bid to eradicate narcotics in the country. Following the unfortunate
incidents occurred recently, we realized that Sri Lanka government and
security services lack the technology to combat terrorism. China who is
a long-standing friend of Sri Lanka has given the knowledge and
technology that is required to fight terrorism. I must also mention that
during some key stages of the war against LTTE, China provided technical
and military aid. So getting that support once again is crucial for Sri
Lanka at a time like this. Sri Lanka will receive resources worth five
Statement by Governor of the Northern Province, Dr.
Hello and good day to you. We have just returned from
China, after a three day official visit with H.E. the President
I must recalled here and register that this visit has
been an extremely successful visit for Sri Lanka as a state and for all
Sri Lankans irrespective of their ethnicity or religion because we
agreed with the Chinese government to work together in a way that an
advanced manner to pre-prepare ourselves for any extremism or terrorism
that could be possible in the future. For this basically the greatest
contribution is an advanced surveillance system, advanced investigating
system, advanced collecting of information system that has been agreed
Nearly about 5 billion rupees worth of military
support in terms of software in terms of other equipment has been
promised to Sri Lanka and I think this is very successful agreement
because, as we all know Sri Lanka is situated in an absolutely
strategically important location in the Indian Ocean, therefore Sri
Lanka could be used as a base for terrorism even to attack other
countries. Therefore we need to be prepared.
H E the President MaithripalaSirisena, during this
visit under his leadership, has succeeded to securing that area. I
believe this will send the confidence message to all communities
irrespective of their locations and we can return to our normal lives as
soon as possible and that's my own wish as well as the wish of the
Ministers and Governors who were there and all of them supported this
process wholeheartedly and I think we can wish that Sri Lanka will get
back to normalcy as soon as possible.
Thank you very much.