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Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Sri Lanka

Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Sri Lanka
Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Sri Lanka
Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit Sri Lanka,this will
be the first Chinese head of state to visit Sri Lanka in three
decades,underlining Beijing’s renewed push to deepen its strategic and economic
presence in the neighbourhood and in the Indian Ocean. 
Mr. Xi’s visit was discussed in Beijing this
week as Sri Lankan Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, as the
President’s Special Envoy, met with the Chinese leadership.
However, there was no indication of the likely dates for the
visit.

The Chinese leader will become the
first President to visit Sri Lanka since former leader Li Xiannian in 1986. His
visit assumes significance in the context of strengthening ties between the two
countries, with China investing heavily in the island nation.

A $500 million- built port built
by the Chinese was inaugurated in Colombo last year giving Beijing a strong
foothold in one of the busiest international shipping routes in the world. With
heavy investment in infrastructure, including in a massive port it helped build
in Hambantota along Sri Lanka’s southern coast, China is said to have surpassed
Japan and India as the biggest contributor to investments in the island nation.

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