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President at Expo 2010:

Talks to review progress of Chinese ventures

President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is in China to attend the Expo 2010 Shanghai trade exhibition will meet Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao for bilateral discussions today, a Presidential media spokesman in China said.

President Rajapaksa left on Friday evening to attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the trade exhibition to be held today as a special guest of the Chinese Government.

“The bilateral discussions will review the progress of the ongoing Chinese ventures in the country including the Hambantota mega port project and new areas of bi-lateral coordination will also be discussed”, the spokesman said.”

The President and the delegation comprising Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and Housing and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa were warmly received at the Shanghai airport on their arrival yesterday morning.

Subsequently, colourfully adorned Chinese students welcomed the President at the entrance to the Shangri-La Hotel.

Soon after his arrival the President visited the Sri Lankan pavilion themed ‘Tradition to modernity’ and the Chinese pavilion of the Expo exhibition yesterday.

A meeting with the Nepali President, also an honoured guest at the Expo is scheduled to take place before his departure to Sri Lanka tomorrow. MF

 

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