People visit an international photo exhibition on China's reform and opening-upin Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Aug. 16, 2019. The Association for Sri Lanka-China Social and Cultural Cooperation in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka on Friday held a seminar to celebrate China's reform and opening-up in 40 years. An international photo exhibition portraying China's reform and opening-up was also held following the seminar. (Xinhua/Tang Lu)
COLOMBO, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lanka China Social and Cultural Cooperation in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka on Friday held a seminar to celebrate China's reform and opening-up in 40 years.
The seminar was attended by Sri Lankan Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, Dr. Harsha De Silva, China's Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan, and 200 other representatives from various political and business schools in Sri Lanka.
Following the seminar, an international photo exhibition was also held portraying China's reform and opening-up. The exhibition portrayed over 60 photographs.
De Silva said that in past four decades, China had made remarkable achievements and today it had emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
The minister said that Sri Lanka had attracted many Chinese investments in recent years and these investments will put Sri Lanka on the global map particularly with the development of projects such as the Colombo International Financial Center which will be a hub for offshore financial and knowledge services in South Asia.
De Silva said Sri Lanka looked forward to more opportunities with China especially in spheres beyond trade and investments such as to enhance regional security, combat terrorism and support solutions to climate change.
Cheng said that in the past 40 years, China's reform and opening up has not just brought a new look to China but also impacted the world.
Cheng said Sri Lanka was at the center of international trade in the Indian Ocean and currently faced an important period of political, economic and social reforms.
He added China looked forward to further strengthening ties with Sri Lanka to realize the common development and benefit the two people of both countries.