China sees no harm from protests staged in Hambantota

China today said it saw no harm to the relationship with Sri Lanka as a result of the protests staged in Hambantota recently.The opposition staged a protest in Hambantota recently against the proposed industrial zone which will give China a large amount of land. Meanwhile, the Chinese New Year is to be celebrated in Sri Lanka on a grand scale. China will host the ‘Happy Chinese Year’ together with Sri Lankan officials with a cultural fair and film festival. Sri Lanka and China celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations this year and the Cultural Attaché to the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka Lui Dong said that no matter what happens the relationship between both countries will remain strong. Lui Dong said that several cultural events will be staged over the next couple of months in Sri Lanka to mark the New Year and the anniversary .He said that a concert will be staged in Colombo next month with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena and other high ranking officials to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations. “In the next 60 years, China Sri Lanka relations will definitely be lifted to a new historical height,” Lui Dong said at a media briefing.He said that no matter what took place in the international landscape or domestically, the relations between both countries has seen a healthy and dynamic development.“The mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields has delivered tangible benefits to our two peoples,” he said. Lui Dong said that while the people to people relationship is expected to see a boost this year, on the political field high ranking visits are scheduled to take place between China and Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

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