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President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga declared open the new building donated by the Government of China to the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) on January 8, 2003. The opening coincided with the 104th Birth Anniversary of the late Prime Minister S W R D Bandaranaike.

Associated with the President were the Chinese Ambassador Jiang Qinzheng, Chairman of the Council of Management of the BCIS Lakshman Kadirgamar and Chairman of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies Bandula Ekanayake.