Jan 24, Colombo: The government of China has agreed to allow Sri Lanka to set up a new Consulate General in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province of Southern China, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Consulate General in Guangzhou will facilitate the expansion of bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and China in areas of economy, trade and tourism while further strengthening people to people contacts between the two countries,” the Ministry statement said.
The Sri Lankan government has already appointed a Foreign Service Officer to the position of the Consul General in Guangzhou.
This will be Sri Lanka’s third Consulate Office in China. Sri Lanka has established a Consulate General in Shanghai in 2007 and a Consulate in Chengdu in 2009.
Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province in southern China is one of China’s key commercial and manufacturing regions.
An increased number of Sri Lankan companies continue to participate in the China Import and Export Fair held biannually in Guangzhou.
In recent years Sri Lanka-China relations have grown stronger and expanded with increasing high-level contact and political as well as financial support from the Chinese government.