The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka held its annual National Day celebration program yesterday in a grand event in Colombo, graced by the presence of the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Qi Zhenhong. The celebration was attended by numerous foreign heads of missions in Colombo and prominent political leaders, including former Presidents Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Maithripala Sirisena, and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Ambassador Qi Zhenhong, in his address, underscored the significance of this celebration in strengthening the ties between China and Sri Lanka, emphasizing shared values that lay the foundation for a prosperous future.
The event served as a testament to the enduring friendship between China and Sri Lanka, with dignitaries from both nations coming together to mark this special occasion. The National Day celebration showcased cultural performances, traditional Chinese cuisine, and a display of China’s rich cultural heritage.
The Chinese Embassy’s initiative to host this grand celebration program not only underscores the importance of diplomacy but also signifies the deep-rooted friendship between the two nations, which continues to grow stronger with each passing year.
In a symbolic gesture of unity and camaraderie, the event witnessed the attendance of former Presidents Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Maithripala Sirisena, and the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who all extended their warm wishes to the Chinese government and its people.
The celebration provided a platform for diplomats, political leaders, and citizens from both nations to reaffirm their commitment to fostering mutually beneficial relationships, echoing Ambassador Qi Zhenhong’s call for shared values that pave the way for a brighter future.
The Chinese Embassy’s National Day celebration in Colombo serves as a reminder of the enduring bond between China and Sri Lanka, promising continued collaboration and shared prosperity in the years to come.
The following images were captured during the event by the Sri Lanka Chian Journalists Forum