Protege of Chinese President begins Sri Lanka visit

Chongqing party boss Chen Min’er, a high-ranking Chinese Communist Party official, arrived in Sri Lanka today on an official visit.

A protege of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Chinese official is leading a Chinese delegation to Sri Lanka on a three-day official visit.

Chen Min’er was welcomed at the Bandaranaike International Airport by Minister Arjuna Ranatunga and the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan.

Chen is seen as a rising political star on the mainland. He was appointed Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing in 2017, and became a member of the 25-person Politburo – the Communist Party’s top decision-making body – later that year at the 19th Party Congress.

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