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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

China to help developing northern Sri Lanka

Colombo, 18 June, (Asiantribune.com):

Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang pledged topush forward ties with Sri Lanka by assisting development of the former war zone in theTamildominated north, a Chinese Embassy official said on Friday.

During a four day visit to Northern Province, the ambassador met with Chief Minister Wigneswaran and Northern Governor Reginald Cooray, saying that China stood ready to offer assistance to Sri Lanka and the province.

Ambassador Yi noted that China and Sri Lanka enjoyed strong historical ties and that the relationship must be taken forward.

China was glad to see the political and economical achievement made by NorthernProvince after the war ended in 2009, and wished Sri Lankan people could share the fruitof peace and development as soon as possible.

The ambassador said China would encourage Chinese companies or investors to come andassist the reconstruction of Northern Province in infrastructure, technology, medicineamong others.

During his visit to Jaffna University, Yi also announced the "Chinese AmbassadorScholarship" for 10 students of the university this year, and expressed China's willingnessto offer assistance to boost the education through joint training, students exchange andcampus construction.

The ambassador donated 1 million rupees and a batch of books to Jaffna Library to help itregain glory as the largest library in South Asia before damaged by the civil war.

This is the first trip of Ambassador Yi to Sri Lanka's Northern Province.

Source: Xinhua

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