United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says China gave him an assurance it will not interfere in the political crisis taking place in Sri Lanka.There have been claims made that China was funding Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to buy the support of some UNP members. Asked about this at a media conference today, Wickremesinghe refused to comment on the allegation. However he said the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka informed him that China will not interfere. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan met Wickremesinghe after he was removed as Prime Minister.The Chinese Ambassador also met newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The former Prime Minister said that most foreign diplomats feel Parliament must be convened to resolve the issue. Wickremesinghe also denied reports that he has called for the UN Peacekeeping force to be deployed to Sri Lanka.He said that a forged letter was circulating to that effect but he insisted he had not made such a request. (Colombo Gazette) Wickremesinghe said that at the meeting with him, the Chinese Ambassador sought details on the political crisis.He said the Chinese envoy had assured that China will not interfere in the domestic affairs of Sri Lanka.Wickremesinghe had over the weekend also briefed foreign diplomats in Sri Lanka on the crisis.
MINI UK’s Oxford manufacturing facility recently welcomed Professor Lord Robert Winston and colleagues from Imperial College London as part of a developing relationship between the two organisations to find laboratory apprentices for the plant.Each year the applications for places in business, engineering and maintenance based apprenticeships at the MINI Plant are oversubscribed. However, the specific calibre of apprentice required in the laboratory has been difficult to find. Candidates will focus on chemistry process technology, which includes chemical analysis, paint, adhesives and corrosion as well as material science.Science and Society Professor, Lord Winston said, “The need for better connections between education and industry has never been more important. I am very excited that we are forging a collaboration between the MINI Plant and Imperial College, which will lead to more school children realising how they can contribute to the UK’s manufacturing base.”Speaking on behalf of the Lab, Oliver Wilmore commented, “We hope that Lord Winston and his team will provide the ‘missing link’ and help us to secure the right capability and mindset for future apprenticeships in the lab.”The visit by Lord Winston represents the start of the second year of See Inside Manufacturing involvement for MINI’s UK manufacturing sites. The government-industry initiative underlines the importance of the automotive sector to the UK economy and its attractiveness as a sector offering exciting career opportunities.To find out more about how UK automotive is participating in government’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative through June, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)