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China, Sri Lanka 'good partners', says Hu

Chinese President Hu Jintao has said Beijing and Colombo are "good partners" and hoped that in coming years bilateral relations would scale new heights.

world Updated: Feb 06, 2010 17:57 IST

Chinese President Hu Jintao has said Beijing and Colombo are "good partners" and hoped that in coming years bilateral relations would scale new heights.

In a message on Sri Lanka's 62nd independence day, Hu, who has pledged USD 350 million as post war financial aid to
develop Sri Lanka's infrastructure, said he hoped the country would achieve new progress "on the road of national building".

"In the days to come, I am willing to make joint efforts with Your Excellency to further promote China-Sri Lanka All -
round Cooperative Partnership to new heights," Hu said in his message to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the occasion of the
independence day that was celebrated on Thursday.

China has bagged the largest chunk of post-war development projects in Sri Lanka's North and South with
ongoing and concluded projects estimated at more than USD 6.1 billion, according to a media report.

"China and Sri Lanka are truly good neighbours, good friends and good partners," Hu said.

China has pledged USD 350 million as post war financial assistance to develop Sri Lanka's infrastructure, including a
key facility of the strategic Hambantota Port built with Beijing's assistance.

"Under the leadership of Your Excellency (Rajapaksa), Sri Lanka has maintained social stability, developed its
economy and the living standard of its people has been continuously uplifted," he said congratulating Sri Lankans.