China on Tuesday insisted it will not pursue development at Sri Lanka’s expense.
Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Colombo, Pang Chunxue said that in recent days, China and Sri Lanka have been supporting each other’s choice of development and collaborating in the international arena.
“Our friendship is built on the profound and broad popular basis,” she said.
Pang Chunxue was speaking at the awards ceremony of the Chinese Government Scholarship 2018/2019 held at the Chinese Embassy in Colombo.
J.J. Rathnasiri, Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs, winners of the scholarship and their family members also attended the event.
“As you may know, each year the Chinese central Government, local government and some universities provide over 200 Chinese government scholarships to Sri Lanka, among which 80 are jointly nominated by our embassy and the Ministry of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs of Sri Lanka. Currently, 58 students are studying in China under this bilateral scholarship program. Therefore, this year we have 22 new winners of the scholarship who are going to China to pursue their further education,” she said.
The full scholarship will cover the tuition, lodging, living allowance and medical insurance throughout the whole academic years, which values up to over two million rupees annually.
“I hope that all of you would cherish this opportunity and succeed in your learning journey. You will be the needful talents for the national development of Sri Lanka and will become friendship envoys for both China and Sri Lanka,” she added.
Pang Chunxue said that China and Sri Lanka are good neighbors, good friends and good partners.
“Today, China is aligning its One Belt and One Road Initiative with the Sri Lankan national development strategy to reach common development. China will never pursue development at the expenses of Sri Lanka. We are confident that the increasingly deepening win-win cooperation in many fields between our two countries would bring tangible benefits to our two peoples,” she said.
Meanwhile, she also spoke on the Chinese Ambassador’s Scholarship which was launched in Sri Lanka in 2016 which aims to reward those academically excellent undergraduate students in Sri Lanka Universities.
Pang Chunxue said that this year, the Chinese Embassy doubled the donation to Rs.4, 889,000.00 which could reward 122 students with Rs. 40,000 each.