General Xu Qiliang-the third most powerful military figure in China is currently on a three day visit to the island leading a 25 member military delegation from China.
He is scheduled to discuss and strengthen the bilateral/military relationship between the two countries, government sources said.
General Xu is in the island on an invitation extended by Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
According to top military sources the areas intended to be covered were professional training, joint exercises and further promotion of military assistance to Sri Lanka on request.
The powerful delegation is scheduled to meet with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the heads of the armed forces and police.
General Xu Qiliang is the third powerful figure (Vice Chairman) in the Chinese Central Military Commission which is headed by President Xi Jinping.
He was also the former Commander of the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force which he held from 2007 to 2012. (Supun Dias)
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Public Thursday, 15 May 2014 02:09 AM
May be! but the Public think they are here to give military instructions to our forces.
sinnathamby Wednesday, 14 May 2014 07:37 PM
With increase tension among Asia pasific nations via DM iPad app
Tom Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:00 PM
Now some are worried ...but 1987 More than 45000 Indian troops were here.. via DM Android App
sinnathamby. Wednesday, 14 May 2014 07:49 PM
With increase tension among Asia Pacific nations . all these countries navies and armed forces are at regular visit to increase relations. via DM iPad app
jim pappa Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:41 AM
Is it a veiled threat to the premier-in-waiting, Modi?
Azee Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:52 PM
Sure the delegation has come to seek advice on how to develop their army. via DM Android App
tony Wednesday, 14 May 2014 04:58 PM
COMING TO TEACH OR LEARN MILITARY TACTICS
Gamarala Thursday, 15 May 2014 05:39 AM
We in Sri Lanka welcome you with open arms. Your support for us at the UNHCR has not gone unnoticed.
Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 15 May 2014 06:07 AM
One fine day, the Sri Lankans too will be forced to demonstrate against the Chinese just like the Vietnamese comrades are doing at the moment. By that time, those who sold the country to Chinese would be no more.
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