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Visiting Chinese Defence Minister General Liang Guanglie today said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is conducting friendly exchanges and cooperation with its counterparts in the South Asian nations intended at maintaining regional security and stability and not targeting any third party.

Claiming that among China's fourteen land neighbours five are in South Asia he said that the Indian Ocean was an important energy and material transportation route for China which attached great importance to its relations with the South Asian nations, and committed itself to forging harmonious co-existence and cooperation with them.

General Guanglie said the National Defence Policy of China was subject to and in service of national development and security strategy.

He said this speaking at the Defence Services Command and Staff College in Colombo.

“Sri Lanka is also one of the first countries to recognize the People's Republic of China. Since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, China-Sri Lanka friendship has withstood the test of international vicissitude and we have always maintained good cooperation,” he said.

 “We all know that since the beginning of its reform and opening-up, China's overall national strength and international influence have grown remarkably. Some people in the international community suspect that China would take the road of expansion with force, and have been actively spreading the ‘China Threat Theory’,” he said.

He said China's defence spending stood at a very low level and some people claimed China's, legitimate efforts in national defence as a ‘military threat’.

“Today, we are glad to see that under the leadership of the Sri Lankan government, the diligent, intelligent and kind-hearted Sri Lankan people are united in their efforts of maintaining domestic political stability and actively conducting post-war construction. Great achievements have been made,” General Guanglie said. (Supun Dias)
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  • Sri Radharakshitha Thursday, 30 August 2012 12:07 PM

    Very enlighting speech, we Sri Lankans cherish our relationship with China. China is politically, economically and militaraly very important to our nation.

    Nandalal Fernando Thursday, 30 August 2012 12:34 PM

    We welcome your statement.Sri lankan
    The island of Sri Lankan indepandenace nation,country like China respect our Natioanl soverignty Terrorial intergrity and Indepandeance our people's asprtation since 1957;PRC stand welcome by People of Sri lanka. We are Capitalist country of Parlimintry democracy,we highily appriciated China respact our system.

    RajasH Friday, 31 August 2012 03:14 PM

    we are only targeting to take over Sri Lanka in a stealth manner

    Lobo Friday, 31 August 2012 05:41 AM

    When China tries to strengthen relationships others get worried. But the US in the name of spreading goodwill can go around the world consolidating their presence.

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Thursday, 30 August 2012 03:34 PM

    China must have been desperate. Even the die-hard soldier is out promoting harmony and good-neighbourliness. China always has such a seige mentality.

    Upul Saturday, 01 September 2012 02:03 AM

    Please help GOSL to implement its democracy . Also help SL to stop disappearance, Killings, abductions , human right violations etc... Ultimately implement law and order in this country.

    Minister Thursday, 30 August 2012 04:39 PM

    Before he goes back, let him count how many "Agnies" that will be turned towards us and targeted at us!

    Rathurala Thursday, 30 August 2012 05:37 PM

    Oh how we love you China. Why don't we get a room?!


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