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Sri Lanka Embassy team led by Dr. Palitha Kohona wins third place at the Annual Beijing Sixes
 
The Sri Lanka Embassy cricket team, Embassy officials and including players from the Sri Lankan community participated in the Beijing 6s Cricket Tournament held at Dulwich School grounds and won third place. The Embassy team won three out of their four games but due to a rule of the tournament missed out on playing in the finals. 9 teams participated in the tournament.
The Embassy team
1. Dr. Palitha Kohona (Captain)
2. Alexi Gunasekera
3. Kavisha Dilshan Lokuhettige
4. Chiranjaya Udumullage
5. Anura Banda
6. Sateeshkumar Sriharan
7. Sanatha Kumararathna
8. Linal Ovindra Ambepitiya
9. Jerry Adrian
10. Brigadier Sylvester Perera (Manager)
The Lankans displayed their characteristic grit and swashbuckling style to the great enjoyment of the spectators.



 

Sri Lanka participates in a region-wide activity to consolidate joint COVID-19 cooperation
 
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena participated in a joint video conference on COVID-19 response involving his counterparts from China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan held today, 27 April 2021. The discussions focused on consolidating COVID-19 response cooperation and promoting post-pandemic economic recovery as well as poverty alleviation amidst the recent spike in COVID-19 infection



 


Ms. Wan Qian, Deputy General Manager of the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) called on the Ambassador, Dr. Palitha Kohona, at the Embassy today (28.04.2021) and briefed him on the power projects undertaken by the CMEC. She detailed the USD 450 M and USD one billion power plants planned in Sri Lanka.






Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona attended the Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition of Achievements of the China International Development Cooperation Agency on 26th April 2021. The event was graced by Foreign Minister, State Counsellor, Wang Yi and was held at the Diaoyutai State Guest House. Mr. Luo Zhaohui was the former Deputy Foreign Minister of the Asian Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Kohona, while congratulating Mr. Luo Zhaohui, the newly appointed Head of the China International Development Cooperation Agency, discussed possible areas of cooperation, including education.

 




Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona speaks at the Opening Ceremony of the 2021 China (Zhengzhou) International Mayor’s Forum on Tourism.






Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona attended the 20th China International CICA Summit Financial Cooperation in Jinan on 16 - 18 April 2021. He was invited as a resource participant and addressed the plenary on the issue of non tariff barriers to accessing the lucrative Chinese consumer market. He suggested that developing countries would benefit immensely and be able to share in China s prosperity, if non tariff barriers to their exports to China could be minimised and assistance provided in negotiating through the complexities of these barriers. The Ambassador s views were later endorsed by a number of participants, including the WHO representative in Beijing.

 

 




BOAO Forum For Asia 2021

 
Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona attended the BOAO Forum for Asia 2021 along with a large number of Ambassadors from Beijing. This year, the Forum attracted more Ambassadors and top level Chinese leaders. Dr. Kohona addressed the panel on “Island Economic Cooperation and Governance”. He focused his comments on the significant role of oceans on islands. Read More

 

 


 
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Virtually Addresses the Opening Plenary Session of the BOAO Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021

 



COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for the Foreign Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong
Foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong are prioritised to get vaccinated.
Free of charge.
Readily available.
Voluntary participation.


Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing celebrates the National New Year 2021





Investment and Tourism Event at the Sri Lanka Embassy, Beijing




Dr. Palitha Kohona Presents Credentials to the Chinese President

 




Sri Lanka Signs USD 500 Million Loan Agreement with China






Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona visited the White Horse Temple in Luo Yang, Henan on 10 April 2021 accompanied by Deputy Mayor Huisheng Zhao of Luoyang City,and was hosted by the chief monk, Rev. Yin Le, and the deputy chief monk Rev. Yo Gin. Rev. Yin Le had visited Sri Lanka a few times and even met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Dr. Kohona was shown around the large temple complex by Rev. Yin Li  and blessed by a large group of monks chanting the pragna paramita sutra. The White Horse Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in China established for Monk Kasyapa Matanga and continues to attract the faithful by the thousands, judging by the crowds milling around its spacious grounds.



 



Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona Visits Poverty Alleviation Scheme in Tongbai County, Henan Province

Dr. Palitha Kohona was invited by the Henan Government to visit the county of Tongbai to witness a successful poverty alleviation project.  The village, working with the provincial and central government authorities, had concluded a very successful poverty alleviation programme in line with the goal of the central government of eliminating extreme poverty in China.  China has already eliminated extreme poverty in the country ahead of the UN SDG target.  The village has managed its water supply by building dams and reservoirs, commenced growing mushrooms on a large commercial scale, and was also growing strawberries and tea for the export market.  The mushroom cultivation has become a multi-million Yuan industry employing modern science and technology.  The enthusiasm of the village leaders for their projects was evident.  With eliminating poverty being a major policy goal of the Government, Sri Lanka could learn much from initiatives such as these. Dr. Kohona discussed providing training to rural leaders of Sri Lanka on the successful poverty elimination initiatives of China.

 

 





Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona visited the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, Henan Province. He was received ceremonially by the chief monk, Shi Yong Xin, Deputy chief monk, Yan Pei, and was treated to a  specially prepared Shaolin vegetarian lunch to experience the Shaolin culture. Shaolin monks are vegetarians.  The Shaolin martial arts practicing monks also gave an awesome performance specially for the Sri Lankan Ambassador s delegation.  The Ambassador and the Chief Monk exchanged ideas for cooperation between the Shaolin Temple and Sri Lanka, including visits by senior monks, student exchanges and the establishment of a Shaolin centre in Sri Lanka.

 




Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona visits the Beijing Capital Airport Bonded Warehouse

 


Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona Visits the China Gems and Jade Exchange, Shanghai, April 2, 2021



Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona visited the China Gems and Jade Exchange, Shanghai and met Simon Chan, Vice President. Chan briefed Dr. Kohona on the workings of the exchange and suggested ways for actively cooperating with Sri Lanka. The Exchange will regularize the trade and introduce discipline. His sympathies for Sri Lanka were obvious and he lamented the poor performance of Sri Lanka stones in the most lucrative coloured stone market in the world.

 



Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona Meets with Senior Officials and NGOs in Shanghai



 




China gifts 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Sri Lanka



600,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, gifted by China to Sri Lanka were handed over to Dr. Palitha Kohona, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China, on 30th March 2021, at the Embassy by Mr. Chen Song, Deputy Director General of the Asia Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, in the presence of Ms. Shi Shengyi, Deputy General Manager of China National Pharmaceutical Group Co. Ltd. (Sinopharm), Chairman of the Board of the China Sinopharm International Corporation. Read More

 


 



Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona visited Shenzhen on 27 March to declare open the China - Sri Lanka Business, Trade and Cultur Centre(CSLBTCC). The CSLBTCC is a private sector initiative to promote trade, investment, cultural exchanges and tourism between China and Sri Lanka. The CSLBTCC hopes to link up with organisations with similar interests in Sri Lanka and it s members will invest significant funds. Dr. Kohona also paid a visit to the head office of Tencent, a leading company in the Global 500, with a market capitalization of over US$470 billion.
 




The International Mountain Tourism Alliance (IMTA) visited H.E. the Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona in the Embassy in Beijing on 25th of March. As the world s first NGO organization focusing on mountain tourism development, IMTA is guided by the vision of protecting mountain resources, preserving mountain civilization, promoting mountain economy and benefiting mountain communities.The Ambassador encouraged IMTA to expand its relations with Sri Lanka, especially its Tourist Board, and promote Sri Lankan Mountain tourism by utilizing its efficient platform.

 




Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona met with Travelzen Group on 24 March, 2021. The Group will promote travel to Sri Lanka.






 

The Ambassador, Dr. Palitha Kohona accepted a donation of 90 units of surgical mask producing machines donated by Huana Holdings Group (DMI) of the Shandong Province, China on 22nd March 2021.  The donations were made at the company headquarters in Jinan, Shandong. The Ambassador thanked DMI and commended the timely donation of mask making machines by the company to Sri Lanka.The mask produced by these machines in Sri Lanka could be used for the domestic purpose and export. This could be a foreign exchange earner for Sri Lanka. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China coordinated the donation.  Vice Mayor of Jinan, Shandong province and Director of Jinan Municipal Foreign Affairs office graced the occasion.     
 





Sichuan Gaoda Science & Technology Co. Ltd and Sichuan Yiyang Xuanyu Trading Co. Ltd plan to invest in the industrial paper industry of Sri Lanka. Mr. Hu De Bing, General Manager of the Sichuan Gaoda Science & Technology Co. Ltd and representatives of the Sichuan Yiyang Xuanyu Trading Co. Ltd, called on the Ambassador, Dr. Palitha Kohona today (23/03/2021), at the Embassy to discuss an investment proposal for the paper industry.Sichuan Gaoda is a leading manufacturer of industrial paper in China. They also have plants in Indonesia and Vietnam. The Sichuan Gaoda Science & Technology Co. Ltd is looking for opportunities to invest in the industrial paper manufacturing in Sri Lanka. The Ambassador provided detailed information about opportunities available in Sri Lanka for investments in this sector.
 





Mr. Gao Zhan, Vice President of the China National Machinery Import and Export Cooperation called on the Ambassador, Dr. Palitha Kohona, today (23.03.2021) at the Embassy to brief the Ambassador on the construction of Beliatta-Hambantota and Hambantota-Kataragama railway. He also discussed the construction of railway carriages in Sri Lanka. The Ambassador further suggested collaboration with the local firms in producing the railway carriages.  The Ambassador also suggested the renewable energy sector is a promising investment area in Sri Lanka since Sri Lanka would convert 70% of its energy production to renewable energy by 2030.  Mr. Yin Qing, General Manager and Mr. Cai Xudong, Deputy General Manager accompanied the Vice President.
 





Ms. Wang Li, Director International Cooperation Centre of the China Satellite Navigation Office called on the Ambassador, Dr. Palitha Kohona on 15.03.2021 at the Embassy. She briefed the Ambassador on the activities of the China Satellite Navigation Office and explained that the BeiDou navigation system is more accurate and efficient than other similar systems around the world.  Their Centre has 36 satellites and out of them, 4 are in equatorial orbit and mostly used to serve East Asia and South East Asia. The Ambassador explained that Sri Lanka is currently using the GPS navigation system and the service is free of charge. He further told that Sri Lanka could explore the possibility of using another navigation system simultaneously with the GPS.

 



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