The construction of theaters, opera houses, and other cultural facilities by China as gifts to foreign countries is a part of China's foreign aid program.[1] In a white paper published by China in 2009 on its aid projects in the area of civil construction, the building of cultural facilities is one of the types identified among a total of 2,025 projects stated as built by a Chinese grant or no-interest loan to the recipient country.[1]

Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre in Sri Lanka
Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre in Sri Lanka


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