You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Sri Lanka, China discuss ways to step up military cooperation

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

President Maithripala Sirisena today thanked for its support for Sri Lanka's independence and national security in a meeting with Chinese Defence Minister as they discussed ways to bolster bilateral defence ties.

General Chang Wanquan, who is in on his first official visit, Sirisena at his residence and discussed ways to expand bilateral defence ties.


Sirisena recalled the long term relationship between both the countries and thanked for the support given by for the independence and national security of

He also extended thanks to the Chinese for the training opportunities which are being provided to Sri Lankan security forces for a long time. He thanked for its assistance during the crucial period of war in Sri Lanka, apparently referring to the country's nearly three-decade long civil war with the LTTE which was ended in 2009.

Sirisena said the two countries will come into several agreements which will not be doing any harm to the pride, independence and national security of Sri Lanka, the president's office said in a statement.

At the invitation of Sri Lankan Defence Ministry, Chang arrived here last night with a 21-member delegation. After wrapping up his visit to Sri Lanka, Chang will visit Nepal.

The Chinese Defence Ministry has said that the purpose of his visit is to strengthen military ties with Colombo.

The top Chinese official's visit, according to analysts, holds importance in view of Sri Lanka's proposal to tie up with in the southern port of Hambantota, in addition to the ongoing work in the Colombo port city project, which is a major Chinese investment project.

had developed a close relation with during the regime of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa whose nearly a decade-long tenure was ended by Sirisena in 2015.

In 2014, India raised protests with when it allowed a Chinese submarine and a warship to dock at the port of Colombo.

Rajapakasa's joint opposition had led vocal protests in January this year against the Sirisena government's business ties China, more particularly in the leasing of lands to Beijing to set up an industrial park at the southern port of Hambantota.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU