Chinese and Sri Lankan Military Officials discuss collaboration and friendship

Chinese Major General Zhang Baoqun met Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, General Kamal Gunaratne

Deputy Chief of the Office for International Military Cooperation (OMIC) of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Major General Zhang Baoqun, met Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, General Kamal Gunaratne, at the Defence Headquarters Complex, Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte today (March 07).

Extending a warm welcome to the Chinese delegation, General Gunaratne expressed sincere gratitude to Major General Baoqun for Chinese assistance in multiple spheres, including defence cooperation.

Baoqun recalled the long-standing friendship between China and Sri Lanka, dating back centuries to the arrival of the Chinese Buddhist monk Faxian (Fa-Hien) to the island, which was then one of the most flourishing centres of Buddhism.

He also recalled the Ceylon-China Trade Agreement of 1952, also known as the Rubber-Rice Pact, which brought long-standing economic benefits to both countries.

The meeting provided a platform for both dignitaries to exchange perspectives on prevalent regional security challenges and explore avenues for joint initiatives to enhance maritime security collaborations on mutual ground.

Baoqun highly appreciated the efforts taken by the Sri Lankan government to maintain military-to-military cooperation and highlighted the importance of further enhancing existing goodwill and friendship.

He further stated that the Chinese government is looking forward to continuing support in terms of military assistance in the future as well.

The meeting concluded with the sharing of souvenirs to mark the occasion.

Acting Additional Secretary (Defence) Harsha Vithanaarachchi, Military Liaison Officer Major General Dhammika Welagedara and senior tri forces officers joined the Defence Secretary at the discussion.

(Ministry of Defence)

Chinese Major General Zhang Baoqun met Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, General Kamal Gunaratne