Home / Front Page/ China is key to Sri Lanka’s progress: survey

China is key to Sri Lanka’s progress: survey


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Friday, 18 August 2017 00:08

Facebook

01Close to 72% of the respondents of an islandwide poll conducted for business magazine LMD by research firm Kantar TNS believe that China is key to Sri Lanka’s economic progress.

Survey participants point out that China ‘provides donations and credit facilities to Sri Lanka’ while also being ‘the main contributor to large-scale projects implemented here’. Only 15% disagree with this notion while the rest are unsure.

Meanwhile, according to LMD, less than half (42%) of those surveyed state that India is also key to Sri Lanka’s progress. They cite India’s ‘continuous support for Sri Lanka’ when disasters and problems occur as being one of the main reasons for this notion. However, another 40% say otherwise while the rest (18%) state they do not know. The magazine also reports that “just over a quarter of those polled feel that India can be relied on in the long term…here too a greater share (51%) of respondents point to China as the preferred choice.”

However, at least six-in-10 survey respondents feel that our India-China relations are balanced, LMD notes.Citizens point to treating India and China as equal partners, maintaining our independence, improving trade with China and India, and offering concessions to them as a means of managing Sri Lanka’s relations with the Asian superpowers.

LMD’s publisher, Media Services, says the August edition of the pioneering business magazine has been released to leading supermarkets and bookstores in Colombo and the outstations. 

Its cover story features an exclusive interview with the Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange Ray Abeywardena, who says it is time Sri Lanka makes good on its promise to be a regional investment hub (for the full story, log on to www.LMD.lk).


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Difference between a woman and a man (yin and yang) and finding solutions to violence in society

Thursday, 18 July 2019

This is not at all a philosophical discourse on gender differences, or the complementary roles of yin and yang (women and men) in social or biological formation. This is also not to speak about who is superior among the two. This is just an observati


I wish Sajith Premadasa had taken up a challenging ministry to showcase his prowess

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Expectations, father and son Sajith Premadasa has put his hands up for leadership in the party and for nomination by the United National Party in the forthcoming presidential elections. I wish Sajith had tested himself, and had given the public a cha


Foreign Affairs and Defence to be one portfolio?

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Unless we are all suffering from dementia, the last experience with a foreign military on our soil should be very clear in our heads. The Indian Peace Keeping Force landed in Sri Lanka to supposedly bring peace to the war-torn country when the LTTE t


Federer lessons for Sri Lanka tourism

Thursday, 18 July 2019

The Wimbledon Men’s Final in 2008 was termed as the best match the world has seen between the two arch rivals Federer and Nadal. But, what we saw last Sunday between the two of them after 11 years sure shocked the world. Many just asked the questio


Columnists More