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Chinese Ambassador H.E. Yi Xianliang Attended the Opening Ceremony of International Conference on "China in South Asia/South Asia in China"

On 30 August 2017, H.E. Ambassador Yi Xianliang was invited to attend the opening ceremony of International Conference on “China in South Asia/South Asia in China: OBOR and the Sri Lankan Experience” and delivered a keynote speech. About 30 scholars from well-known think tanks of China and Sri Lanka as well as representative of foreign missions in Sri Lanka attended the conference.

Ambassador Yi said that as one part of South Asia, China is always committed to strengthening exchanges and cooperation within this region. China and South Asian countries have witnessed a long history of friendly exchanges. Nowadays, cooperation of China and South Asia in politics, economy and trade, culture, education and tourism has further deepened. The “Belt and Road” Initiative brings more opportunities for mutual development among China and South Asian countries. We wish that all the countries in the South Asian region could work together to explore ways and means of strengthening cooperation so as to achieve win-win situation and benefit the peoples in this region.

The Regional Center for Strategic Studies, founded in 1992 in Colombo, mainly focuses research on regional cooperation in South Asia. The conference on “China in South Asia/South Asia in China” was started in 2016. During the two days seminar, scholars exchanged views on topics including maritime security, economic development, governance and politics, business opportunities, environment and culture and the way forward.

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