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China's defence minister told the head of the Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday he wanted to ensure a "continuous and stable" development of military ties, after Sri Lanka ruled out future Chinese submarine visits to the country.

Defence Minister Chang Wanquan told Jayantha Perera that China was willing to continue and deepen cooperation with Sri Lanka, including efforts to train personnel, China's Defence Ministry said in a statement.

"China is willing to work hard with Sri Lanka ... to ensure the continuous and stable development of relations between the two militaries and make positive efforts to further deepen ties," the ministry paraphrased Chang as saying.

New Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China with his re-examination of certain projects in which China has invested, including a $1.5-billion "port city" project in the capital, Colombo.

China has built a seaport and airport in Sri Lanka's south, raising fears it is seeking influence in a country with which India has traditionally had deep ties.

India's concern grew after the previous government allowed the Chinese submarines to dock. Visiting Beijing in February, Sri Lanka's foreign minister said future such visits were unlikely.(Reuters)

  Comments - 8

  • sss Tuesday, 09 June 2015 04:16 PM

    More so should be Sri Lanka

    Sikuru Tuesday, 09 June 2015 04:18 PM

    From now on you will be treated equally alongside India,Pakistan ,Japan ,US and EU

    Dammika Tuesday, 09 June 2015 04:22 PM

    Please no no no ... not necessary ... Mind your own business. They not the best to get close to

    sarath Tuesday, 09 June 2015 04:36 PM

    Pls do not not drag us to your fight with India and everything will be ok, we just want to be friends with all

    Waco Tuesday, 09 June 2015 05:00 PM

    China has been a sincere friend and helped us in number of occasions.

    ANTON Tuesday, 09 June 2015 07:22 PM

    FOR GODS SAKE , NO MORE CHINESE LOANS. NO MORE FCID SUMMONS

    aja Wednesday, 10 June 2015 11:53 AM

    yes western countiires helped us during the war so ignore china stupidity .

    Oliver Cooray Wednesday, 10 June 2015 12:00 PM

    Sri Lanka do not necessarily need a military cooperation with China. It has other priorities to bring back the country to be govern by Democratic means.


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