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Friday, 31 May 2013 - 8:23
President Mahinda Rajapakse returns to the island.
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President Mahinda Rajapske returned to the island last night concluding a 4 day successful visit to China.

President Rajapkse held bilateral discussions with Chinese President Xi Jing Ping, Vice President Li Yuwanshawo and Premier Li Keqinag.

Sri Lanka signed a number of agreements with China to further support existing projects and to initiate new ones.

China pledged to provide further funding to develop Sri Lanka's transport sector including a number of expressways, road networks and railway lines, the Colombo-Jaffna expressway being significant.

Investments in the country's road network will also include developing a Colombo-Kandy-Kurunegala expressway and extending the southern expressway from Matara to Kataragama.

The two countries also signed an agreement to establish two committees that would work towards a free trade agreement.

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