Interview: Sri Lankan CEO says love to join CPC were he Chinese

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-17 20:48:26|Editor: An
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COLOMBO, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) is a very successful organization that sets a great example to the world, said a Sri Lankan executive.

"If I were a Chinese, I would love to join the Communist Party of China," Chandana Thilakarathna, CEO of Sri Lanka's Independent Television Network, told Xinhua in a recent interview.

Thilakarathna noted that the CPC once led the Chinese to victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1931-1945), and today it is one of the most successful political parties in the world.

The CPC has many "advanced experiences" which could be shared with the political parties in Sri Lanka, said Thilakarathna, who once visited the northwestern Chinese city of Yan'an and learned about the CPC's history in the historic revolutionary base.

He attributed the success to the CPC's "one common vision," which has been driving the whole party moving forward together.

"I think the common vision the CPC members maintain is a great example to the world," he said.

In the eyes of the Sri Lankan, who has worked in China for more than five years, CPC members are "very hardworking" people who work "not for themselves, but to improve the country and the party."

As regards the 19th CPC National Congress, which opens Wednesday in Beijing, Thilakarathna said he looks forward to the changes the meeting will bring to China and to the world.

Meanwhile, he spoke highly of the Belt and Road Initiative, which was put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 and is aimed at promoting trade, financial integration, infrastructure inter-connectivity and people-to-people exchanges along and beyond the ancient Silk Road trade routes linking Asia with Europe and Africa.

The Silk Road once brought many changes to Sri Lanka, and "China has now given a new life to the Silk Road," said Thilakarathna, who is translating traditional Chinese stories into Sinhala, one of the national and official languages of Sri Lanka.

"I think many countries will benefit from this, including Sri Lanka," he said.