several agreements to be signed with China: President

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At his meeting with visiting Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan, President Maithripala Sirisena said Sri Lanka would enter into a number of agreements with China in a manner that would not be detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of the country.   

The Chinese Defence Minister is on two-day official visit to Sri Lanka. He called on the President yesterday morning. The President expressed hope that China would continue to provide military training to the Sri Lanka armed forces and expressed his gratitude to China for assistance in the elimination of terrorism, particularly during the crucial stage of the war.   

The visit took place at a time when China is planning to take over a stake of the Hambantota port in the southern Sri Lanka. It is also timed with the increased participation of the US military in joint operations in Sri Lanka in recent times.


Visiting Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan who is on a two-day official visit met State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene at the Defence Ministry yesterday. 
Pixc by Pradeep Pathirana    


China vows unconditional support

Visiting Chinese Defence Minister (General) Chang Wanquan yesterday assured his country’s unconditional and fullest support to further strengthen the Sri Lanka’s armed forces, the State Ministry of Defence said.  

Following a meeting between the top Chinese envoy and State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardrne at the Defence Ministry, the ministry said in a statement that the envoy said that China would continue to provide military hardware, training and technical knowledge to the Sri Lankan armed forces.  

During the meeting, State Minister Wijewardene expressed Sri Lanka’s satisfaction over the Chinese assistance in developing the security forces as well as the economy of the country for several decades.