Senior Chinese and Sri Lankan defense officials agreed on Tuesday to promote military cooperation between the two countries.
Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, is currently on an official visit to the island nation.
Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the two countries have enjoyed good bilateral ties over the years with friendly cooperation in politics, economy and culture.
Sri Lanka would like to work with China to enhance military exchanges and cooperation, he said.
Wang said that China and Sri Lanka are good friends and good partners, and that their military ties have seen steady growth in recent years.
China is willing to work with Sri Lanka in deepening the practical cooperation between the two armed forces so as to further boost the strategic partnership of the two countries, he added.(Xinhua)
Comments - 31
Sonali De Silva Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:17 AM
India. Remember CHOGM? This is the start of the consequences you will have to pay for your stupid decision. There will be more to come. EJP. Russia, India, Australia, USA... they don't have the money. If they had they would have been here a long time ago.
Sonali De Silva Wednesday, 27 November 2013 08:54 AM
No, his either diaspora or Indian. This really hurts. Ouch!!! We know who the bullies are EJP. At least Mahinda is not a sissy bowing to the dictates of a third rate woman minister like the Indian PM.
Harry Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:33 AM
India is poor.... Russia has no money to spend in SL... Australia is not strong enough to take care of SL... Then China comes... That's why...you understand?
Yash Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:09 AM
Niro..... if anything happen like that !! india will make sure to destroy SL from world map.... beware of world 3 Largest standing Army and 4th Super nuclear power.....
madusanka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:54 AM
we are spending lot of money for military training courses. Most of the time these courses are conducted by india and pakistan. presently forces offer courses conducted by china.
EJP Tuesday, 26 November 2013 06:31 PM
Beware of the Communist Nation, its intentions are totally undemocratic. Draw the line correctly, or else SL will one day be controlled by China. China is known to be arrogant, assertive and plunders other countries resources....see what is happening to all smaller nations around china sea. By granting more loans to SL, they will one day take control of the natural resources and sea lanes under their control, as SL would find it hard to levy heavy taxes on its citizens. Why not engage Russia/India/Australia to build the ports... Why not borrow from world bank instead of China. Think....
Spiky Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:58 AM
OMD: So we Sri Lankans will have to learn Chinese, learn to eat Chinese food and buy cheap Chinese goods in the near future.
Chines Food Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:48 AM
There will be no Stray Dogs on the Roads, No Frogs and Rats
Mahinda Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:05 AM
Now start learning Chinese language.
Raja Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:54 AM
Why Sri Lanka needs more weapons and cooperation? To fight against which country? Its a waste of money.
ANTON Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:08 AM
WHATEVER THE MILITARY TIES, CHINA HAS VERY SMART WOMAN ARMY OFFICERS.
EJP Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:01 AM
Hi sonali - The intention was to convey that SL must not get into a nasty situation of getting in-between demon and the deep sea. There is no denying the fact Chinese super economy is based on manufacturing and Indians based on IT services. The Global purchase power of these 2 countries are rated next to each other. In India most of the money is spent of the people, democracy, right to information, press freedom even though political system is not that strong, whereas in China they spend more on military and suppress freedom of expression in their own countrymen. China is a big bully remember, their culture and that of south Asians are totally different.SL though free to decide whom to trust...Remember Chinese military presence in future of any sort, will make things worse for SL and India. SL must not get swallowed or divided between the struggle for supremacy between India and China. Indian abstained from CHOGM due to sentiments and domestic compulsions.
daring Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:19 AM
USA? OMG please no. Dont you see Middle East countries, once USA there, there's no way for them to leave, it will consume part of your country bit by bit, and believe me SL is a rich country. Atleast with the rising of China and India, US have another counterpart.. and US has its own problem for now. India is not poor and China is not rich but they are rising as the new powers of the world especially in technology. And I think China helps SL a lot because of their similarities in religion; and communist and socialist are proven as good friends, those are good reasons to start bilateral relation.
Thomas Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:22 AM
Is it act against India?
Buddist in dubai Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:25 AM
@harry Kata wahapiyar balu lanciyar...I see how much you know.. You guys are the dirt Burgers tried to rob our mother land long time back..now stop preaching
Aja Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:29 AM
Yes its advatange to learn Chinese language for business its universal, China has stood by us unlike India. This is a good move have a defence pact with China , then will see How India and US will come begging. Its better to learn Chinese Language than dancing for Hindi Movies ..Good Move to have military ties with China use South Port for this.
Unknown Dude Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:09 AM
'Harry' could be a Sinhalese Bhuddist for all you know. Why can't he say his opinion, its not hurting anybody? Must everyone have the same view point as you? No need flinging insults at me, I don't care so by all means go ahead and waste your time if you choose.
Nims Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:31 AM
Harry FIY, The richest countries at the moment are China, Russia, India, South Africa and Brazil
Sonali De Silva Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:32 AM
Isn't that what we get in the country right now? Starting from mobile phones to what not. We got ourselves into this and there is no turning back now. We will have to live with it.
Ajithkumar Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:34 AM
And few days before he said, there is no shift in our foreign policies, and India should not worry about Sri Lanka working with China in Infrastructure development......ha..ha...ha...
Haka Haka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:36 AM
Why would Australia want to take care of a poor third world country like SL?
Haka Haka Wednesday, 27 November 2013 03:38 AM
Australia is the wealthiest and economically developed country in the world. it has no interest in a third world country like SL other than stopping the boats.
Gunasiri Wednesday, 27 November 2013 06:51 AM
Are you a patriotic Lankan???
Vic Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:19 AM
And blow up Srilanka as well in the process.
Pratap Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:37 AM
In China majority > 50% of the population follow atheism, ie. non-believers of God, Only 8% of the population follow Buddhism.
EJP Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:46 AM
NIro...SL must not get played into the hands of China and India, otherwise SL will be declared the battle ground where both China and India - backed by Japan & US who are wary of China will test their muscle power. SL must be a neutral nation, they must gain from both the powers through non-alignment. Proximity of SL is close to India separated by few nautical miles. SL is a seasoned country which will not allow foreign military to take control of its rich resources and territory.
Prometheus Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:53 AM
What pile of nonsense. India spent over $45 billion on defence in Y12. Thats 2.5% of GDP. PRC spent 2% - 2.5% (Official value is even less). Your comment sounds like a GoI Propaganda talk. As far as SL is concerned, India is THE MAIN bully constantly meddling in SL affairs including ruining the last chance for peace in SL. India just couldn't stand SL allying with the US. So India did everything to sabotage it. All hell broke loose because of India.
bandara Thursday, 28 November 2013 04:34 AM
It is good to get what ever support from friends. China is a proven friend to Sri Lanka. There is no even slightest stain on Sri Lanka -China friendship fabric in the history.
Niro Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:54 AM
Well done... Kindly place a nuclear missile pointing towards India so that it can be fired at short notice
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