Harim Peiris

Political and Reconciliation perspectives from Sri Lanka

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Reflections on the President’s Inauguration Speech

Posted by harimpeiris on November 25, 2010

January 2010 election, the best presidential election ever

The State media called the President’s oaths taking ceremony, simple, dignified and elegant. Undoubtedly the latter two it certainly was, while the former was debatable. However, it would be churlish for anyone to begrudge Mahinda Rajapakse his moment in the sun or us Sri Lankans a celebration of our democratic choice for president.

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Our friends the Chinese and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by harimpeiris on November 4, 2010

President Mahinda Rajapakse is, as this article is penned, in China on an official working visit, participating in a trade fair, an investor fair and also bi lateral discussions with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.  China is Sri Lanka’s new best friend, rapidly beating out giant neighbor India. President Rajapakse personally manages these two key relationships for Sri Lanka, with his Commonwealth games closing ceremony diplomacy with India and investment promotion and working visits to China, being the most recent.

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