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Sri Lankan president leaves for China


13:04, May 27, 2013

COLOMBO, May 27 (Xinhhua) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for China on a state visit on the invitation of President of China Xi Jinping, the Sri Lankan President's Office said Monday.

President Rajapaksa is among the first few foreign leaders to visit China since the new leadership assumed office in March.

During his stay in China, Rajapaksa is expected to hold bilateral discussions with his counterpart as well as Premier Li Keqiang, according to the President's Office.

The talks will center on further enhancing cooperation between the two countries in areas of trade, investment, tourism, culture, science and technology, defense, and regional and international affairs.

The Sri Lankan president is also scheduled to attend the inaugural ceremonies of the Global Service Forum -- Beijing Summit and the 2013 International Conference of Asian Political Parties ( ICAPP).

Since the establishment of full diplomatic ties in 1957, Sri Lanka has continuously maintained close and friendly relations with China.

The two countries have regularly exchanged high-level visits resulting in a variety of agreements. China has emerged as one of Sri Lanka's key development partners in the post-conflict period.

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