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Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said historical relationship between China and Sri Lanka had been growing on the mutual trust built on pillars of political, economic, cultural, educational and most importantly in defence  over the years.

Delivering the keynote address as the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony of the Chinese National Defence University (NDU) Alumni Association of Sri Lanka held at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, yesterday (July 30), he said China had proven this universal phenomenon in its relationship with Sri Lanka persistently.

“A friend in need is a friend in deed”, the Defence Secretary said.

While wishing the success in the progress of the Alumni’s future endevours, Maj. Gen. Gunaratne said China had been a historical ally of Sri Lanka across a multitude of avenues including Buddhism, trade, infrastructure development and global connectivity.  

“Sri Lankans will never forget the great cooperation extended by China during our hard times which we had to undergo during the recent past domestically and globally”, he said.  

The Defence Secretary also expressed his gratitude to China and the Chinese National Defence University for providing professional expertise in training the battle commanders in planning out counter strategies during the fight against the now defunct LTTE.

He also expressed his belief that the inauguration of the Alumni of the Chinese National Defence University would result in inaccessible heights between the existing bonds between the two countries in the future.

Establishing the Chinese NDU Alumni Association of Sri Lanka, it helps to enhance and foster mutual relations between graduates, mainly the officers of the Sri Lankan tri-forces while connecting them professionally and internationally.

Since 2001, over 75 army officers have been graduated from the NDU in China.

Chargé D'affaires of the Chinese Embassy Hu Wei was the Guest of Honour at the ceremony and Sri Lanka Customs Director General and Presidnet of the Alumni organising committee Maj. Gen. (Retd) G.V Ravipriya delivered welcome remarks at the event.

Acting Chief of Defence Staff and Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, Sri Lanka Air Force Commander Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, former Army and Navy Commanders, Chinese Embassy Defence Attaché Senior Colonel Wan Dong, Embassy officials and senior retired and serving tri-services officers were also present at the occasion.

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  • Siribiris Sunday, 02 August 2020 09:57 AM

    In another couple of years time , our country will be a colony of china , thanks to our certain politicians .

    vithura Sunday, 02 August 2020 09:11 PM

    The ally is now in hot water! With the USA, EU and the UK tightening the economic noose slowly, it would be better if SL kept a safe distance to avoid contagion!

    Joshua Sunday, 02 August 2020 07:52 PM

    Yeah....you want some more money from China?

    Sambo Sunday, 02 August 2020 08:10 PM

    There is no mutual trust when it comes to investment with China. It only strangles countries who borrows money from them.

    FF Sunday, 02 August 2020 08:16 PM

    WE ALL KNOW THAT. YOU NEED GIVE SPECIAL MENTION

    ram Sunday, 02 August 2020 09:40 PM

    China is facing warnings from Mr.Trump for its treatment of minorities and Hong Kong people. Sri Lanka found a good partner who shares similar characteristics.

    Tilak Mendis Sunday, 02 August 2020 10:12 PM

    Yup. Historically high debt to them. Our pride!

    roni Sunday, 02 August 2020 10:34 PM

    We are already a part of China with the Silk route, and more than anything the greatest gift given to us Covid 19. We ought to thank them profusely as without any form of income we have to borrow more from them as others would not give. Friends for ever.

    RAM Sunday, 02 August 2020 10:57 PM

    we may not know that white van may be being prepared and will be ready after Aug. 5 election. It is a guess based on observations of the past.


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