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China promises to rebuild Lanka

China will continue to support Sri Lanka in expanding critical infrastructure like roads, bridges and highways.

world Updated: Nov 02, 2010 00:46 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

China will continue to support Sri Lanka in expanding critical infrastructure like roads, bridges and highways.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao promised his country’s support to Lanka during a bilateral meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Shanghai. Rajapaksa’s three-day visit to China, beginning October 28, came within two weeks of his New Delhi visit.

Much of Sri Lanka's development projects like a new port, airport and a power plant already receive China's financial and technical support.

The country has emerged as Sri Lanka’s biggest donor replacing Japan. Since 2006, China has provided Sri Lanka $3.04 billion in financial assistance.