4月17日,中外新闻社 “新型冠状病毒疫情防控—对话各国驻华大使” 栏目组应邀来到斯里兰卡驻华使馆，中外新闻社总编辑韦燕一行对话斯里兰卡驻华使馆临时大使尤格纳丹。他第一句话谈到：中国疫情发生后，斯里兰卡人民不管什么宗教信仰，都在向上天祈祷：为中国祈福！
April 17th, “Home and Abroad News Press “COVID-19 Prevention and Control: Dialogue with Foreign Ambassadors to China” program visited the Sri Lankan embassy in Beijing. Our team had an exclusive interview with the Sri Lankan Charge d' Affaires ad Interim in China, H.E. Mr. K. K. Yoganaadan. When he greeted to us, he said that “Sri Lankans conducted prayers for the speedy recovery of China from COVID19.”
When we asked about the current relationship between China and Sri Lanka, Mr. Yoganaadan said that this time how China dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic was very impressive and effective. The Sri Lankan President, Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs sent letters and messages to Chinese counterparts expressing their concerns and solidarity to China during the pandemic. They also sent the famous Sri Lankan Ceylon black tea to China because black tea has a special kind of caffeine that can enhance human immunity and fight the novel coronavirus.
Mr. Yoganaadan said that Sri Lanka and China maintain a longstanding robust bilateral relationship. Our bilateral relations started long time ago during the maritime Silk Road period and both countries engaged in trade. In modern times, we remember the Rubber and Rice Pact that was signed in 1952 between the two countries. This is an example to show how both countries stood with each other during the time of difficulty. The most recent project undertaken by Chinese investors in Sri Lanka is the Port City Colombo project which is being constructed on 269 hectares of reclaimed land from Sea. The Port City Colombo will be South Asia’s premiere residential, retail and business destination, offering unmatched planned city living along the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Phase one of this project has recorded 99% of progress by April 2020. In this context, both countries have been maintaining cordial friendship at the highest level.
He continued that I truly admired Chinese government, Chinese Communist Party and Chinese Liberation Army. The swift action taken to lockdown the Wuhan city with 11 million people and ensuring continues treatment, medical, food and other supplies without interruption is commendable. We also witnessed makeshift hospitals were built within days to treat infected patients and quarantine others. The medical staff and people of Hubei Province made immense scarifies in the fight against COVID19. We also saw medical staff from other provinces volunteering to serve in Wuhan. Those people are bravely helping their country from the bottom of their hearts to overcome this unexpected challenge of COVID19. Now, many countries are facing the same challenge of COVID19 and they are trying their best to control epidemic.
He also mentioned many Chinese companies and individuals have generously donated medical supplies to Sri Lanka, including surgical masks, medical protective clothing, temperature measuring guns, etc. We have also arranged for air shipments to send these medical supplies to Sri Lanka. We sincerely thank all Chinese friends who have donated urgently needed medical supplies. There are many paintings which were painted by students of the Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo, displayed in the embassy corridors. They expressed their solidarity with China through their paintings, and they hope that the friendship of China and Sri Lanka will be further strengthened and consolidated.
He pointed out that after the COVID19 outbreak, with controlling the domestic situation, China is actively supporting and donating anti-virus supplies to Serbia, Algeria, Angola, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Laos, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United States and more than 20 countries. At the same time, China is also collaborating with international organizations such as the World Health Organization by inviting their Director General and sharing open and transparent information about the virus. China has donated 20 million USD for the WHO to utilize in fighting the virus. By doing so, China is a firm supporter to fight against the COVID19 with other countries and making a positive contribution.
Home and Abroad News Press also brought 1,000 medical masks to donate to Sri Lanka. The Editor-in-Chief Mrs. Wei Yan said that Home and Abroad News Press wants to be a model in the mass media and calls on other Chinese media and enterprises to connect with Sri Lanka. No matter how the international situation changes, we believe that China will always stand firmly with Sri Lanka to make China- Sri Lanka relations as a role model of “building a community of shared future for mankind” through creating better life to the two peoples.
Mr. Yoganaadan thanked Home and Abroad News Press for such long-term friendship and support for Sri Lanka. Before we completed our interview with him, he presented Sri Lankan Ceylon black tea to Home and Abroad News Press. We all wish this precious friendship between China and Sri Lanka will continue to a brighter future together!
The Chairman of Administrative Committee of Home and Abroad News Press Mr. Xu Zhiqiang, the Executive Director Mr. Liu Dengchen, the Vice President Ms. Huang Xiaojun and other officers also sit during the interview.