|China Congratulates the Election of the New Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter|
On May 10th, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka issued a statement to congratulate the election of new Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter. The statement read that Chinese Ambassador H.E. Yi Xianliang congratulates the election of Venerable Galagama Dhammasiddi Sri Dhammananda Attadassi Thera as the new Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter. Ambassador Yi said, there are about 100 million Buddhism followers in China, the Buddhism exchange between China and Sri Lanka enjoy a long history. Nowadays, there are two only existing Buddha tooth relics, one is in Sri Lanka, the other is in China. The Buddhism society of China has maintained a very good relationship with that of Sri Lanka, and undertaken a lot of beneficial exchanges. China is a good friend, good neighbor and good partner of Sri lanka. China will continue to provide assistance within its capacity to Sri Lanka for the people's well-being and economic development of the island country. China would like to continue to promote the Buddhism exchange between the countries, including the Buddhism-oriented tourism.
China appreciates the important and indispensible role played by all the chapters of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in promoting the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. It is our hope and belief that the Maha Sanga of Sri Lanka will continue to make positive efforts in promoting the friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries, Ambassador Yi said.