Chinese Defense Minister arrives in Sri Lanka

SL will sign several agreements with China: President

Sri Lanka, China discuss ways to step up military cooperation

Sirisena expressed his trust over China's continues provision of required training for the security forces in Sri Lanka.

China's Minister of Defense General Chang Wanquan who is on a official visit to Sri Lanka called on President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday at the official residence of the President.

Sirisena said the two countries will come into several agreements which will not be doing any harm to the pride, independence and national security of Sri Lanka, the president's office said in a statement.

Sirisena recalled the long term relationship between both the countries and thanked for the support given by China for the independence and national security of Sri Lanka.

At the invitation of Sri Lankan Defence Ministry, Chang arrived here last night with a 21-member delegation.

The visiting Chinese Minister of Defence also met with State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene.

China's Defence Ministry said in December that China would hold its first military drills with Nepal in 2017.

The visit took place at a time when China is planning to take over a stake of the Hambantota port in the southern Sri Lanka. He conveyed the congratulations by the President of China on this regard.

In 2014, Sri Lanka allowed a Chinese submarine and a warship to dock at its port in the capital Colombo, prompting concern in New Delhi.

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