• 22 June 2021, Dr. Kohona visited the Yong He Lama temple in Beijing as the VIP guest of the chief monk Xuefeng Hu. Abbot Hu had arranged a high level receiving ceremony.


    The chief monk and Dr. Kohona had a very productive conversation in the meditation chamber of the temple. The chief monk had visited Sri Lanka sometime ago and carried fond memories. He was impressed by the profound Buddhist culture and the sincerity of the people there. Dr. Kohona replied that the chief monk was welcome to pay another visit to Sri Lanka once the pandemic was under control. Such a visit would encourage people to people contact and create better understanding between the two counties.
    The Lama Temple was constructed by Emperor Qianlong in 1694, converting his princely residence to a temple. He was born in this house. Today its spacious quarters house 120 monks and attract 3 million visitors every year. Chief monk Xuefeng Hu said there are more than 30,000 Buddhist temples in China.

    The General Administration Customs of China (GACC) approves the Health Certificate for importing fisheries products to China
    The Health Certificate for importing fisheries products to China has been approved by the General Administration Customs of China (GACC). It will enable the approved fisheries and aquatic products to enter this lucrative market, and even encourage Sri Lankan businesses to expand their production. More details

    16 June 2021, Dr. Kohona was invited by JD.com to accept an award as a mark of appreciation for promoting cross-border trade between Sri Lanka and China.The Vice president and Head of Global Corporate Affairs of JD.com, Mr. Larry Lee stated that Sri Lanka is of critical importance to JD.com. With the opening of the Sri Lanka National Pavilion on JD Worldwide, gems, black tea, spices, coconut water, fishery product, etc. will be able to perform well with JD’s 500 million customers. Dr. Kohona pointed out that both sides should be happy to see this cooperation start to work effectively.
    JD.com also invited Dr. Kohona to tour its one of business divisions, Seven Fresh. It is a fast growing supermarket chain store that mainly targets the customers with international preferences. International food products are introduced to consumers through its online and offline platforms with the support of the JD.com datebase. Dr. Kohona explained the range of Sri Lankan consumer products available to the General Manager of Merchandising Mr. Clark Meng and proposed having a Sri Lankan Food Festival in their chain stores to promote Sri Lankan food products. The Seven Fresh sold over 2.2 million RMB worth of crab from Sri Lanka in 2018. Mr. Meng received the suggestion enthusiastically

    China Sri Lanka Association for Trade and Economic Cooperation (CSLATE) was inaugurated today (15.06.2021) at the Embassy of Sri Lanka.

    The objective of establishing the CSLATE is to enhance the trade and investment cooperation between the two countries and ease the barriers faced by the Sri Lankan exporters. Two MoUs were signed between CSLATE, China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) and the China Association of International Engineering Consultants International Business Advisory Council. Office bearers of CSLATE were elected during the event. Mr. Chiranjaya Udumulla, Mr. Kavisha Lokuhitige and Mr. Nandana Hewage, the President, the Secretary General and the Head of Finance respectively.
    H.E. Dr. Palitha Kohona addressing the gathering said that CSLATE should assist to increase Sri Lanka exports to China and further strengthen the trade partnership between the two countries. It should reach out to the Chinese business community as well. Mr. Alexi Gunasekara, Minister Commercial of the Embassy, Mr. Xin Wang, President of China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association, Mr. Ren Yifeng, General Secretary of International Business Advisory Council also addressed the gathering. Mr. Wang and Mr. Yifeng said that they will extend fullest support to enhance the trade relations between Sri Lanka and China and to ease the barriers faced by Sri Lankan Exporters.


    Emergency Donation by Sinopec

    Sinopec, the giant Chinese energy company, donated 15000 masks and a number of oxygen concentrators to the Embassy of Sri Lanka. Upon receiving an urgent request from the Embassy of Sri Lanka in China regarding the country’s critical pandemic situation and the shortage of medical equipment and protective supplies, Sinopec  promptly gifted 15000 nonmedical masks and 7 oxygen concentrators. Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona said he would pass the material and equipment supplied by Sinopec to the Sri Lankan people as quickly as possible.

    Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona attended in “2021 China Rural Revitalization International Summit Forum” in Xingyi City, Qianxinan, Guizhou Province on 30th May 2021.

    The forum was organized by the China Council for the Promotion of National Trade (CCPNT), together with hundreds of social organizations across the country. The theme of this forum was “China’s national rural revitalization strategy” Dr. Kohona, addressed the gathering and he praised the leadership of the Communist Party of China and its achievement in rural revitalization and the elimination of extreme poverty. Further, he highlighted the long-standing and warm bilateral relationship of mutual support and understanding between China and Sri Lanka.
    Later, Dr. Kohona and other foreign envoys were accompanied by Mr. Gao Fu, Deputy Chairman of CCPNT, and Ms. Luo Chunhong, Minister of the Department of Publicity & the United Front Work Department of China, to the demonstration sites on poverty alleviation and cultural and tourism projects in Guizhou Province.
    During this visit, discussions were centered on strategies for comprehensive rural revitalization. Views on the forward-looking and guiding nature of rural revitalization strategies in the new era also were exchanged. More than 500 Chinese and foreign guests, including leaders from China’s ministries and commissions, foreign diplomatic envoys, China’s local government leaders, heads of research institutions of agriculture and social science sector, Chinese and foreign entrepreneurs, representatives from media institutes participated in the forum.


    Xu Shi Yin e, the “ Lanka Princess” attended the Vesak celebrations 2021 at the Embassy in Beijing


    Xu Shi Yin e, the “ Lanka Princess” attended the Vesak celebrations 2021 at the Embassy in Beijing on 26th May 2021. Prior to the event, she met Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona at his residence and explained her family tree to him. She is a 19th generation descendant of a prince from the court of King Parakramabahu VI of Kotte. Read more

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    Sri Lankan Airlines flight departs from Beijing carrying 500,000 Sinopharm Vaccine Dose


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    Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona met Mr. Yu Haibo, the Director of Research, Institute of Resource Recycling of  the Central South University, Changsha, Yunnan.


     Mr. Yu Haibo and Dr. Kohona explored possible cooperation avenues in education between Sri Lanka and the Central South University. They reached the tentative conclusions below:

    1. The Central South University will provide placements to around 100 Sri Lanka students to study in the University. Mr. Yu Haibo will upload the Admissions policy of the Central South University for  overseas students on the Embassy website as soon as possible . Read More

    Ambassador Dr Palitha Kohona Met Mrs. Tian Hongqi, President of the Central South University (CSU)


    Ambassador Dr Palitha Kohona Met Mrs. Tian Hongqi, President of the Central South University (CSU), Changsha, Hu’nan and discussed additional placements for Sri Lankan students at the CSU and the possibility of establishing a high tech branch in Sri Lanka.
    The CSU is renowned for its work in minerals, transportation networks, medical and information technology, etc. Mrs. Tian said that the CSU will support the proposed branch in teacher resources and project design etc. Mrs. Tian also mentioned that CSU provides financial support from four different sources for overseas students. From the  Chinese government, the overseas local government, companies and the university itself. They would welcome students from Sri Lanka coming to study at the Central South University.

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