China says ready to help Sri Lanka

People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of People’s Republic ofChina (PRC) is prepared to provide Sri Lanka with any assistance whatsoever incase of any emergency, catastrophe or otherwise,  General LisngGuanglie, Minister of National Defence, PRC said during a meeting held at the PLAGeneral Headquarters on Thursday (7) with Sri Lanka’s Army Chief currently inBeijing.

Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of theArmy, who arrived in Beijing Wednesday (6) afternoon at the invitation of thePLA of People’s Republic of China set about continuing his formal itinerary Thursday(7) morning after paying a courtesy call on General Ma Xiaotian, Deputy Chiefof General Staff, PLA and General Lisng Guanglie, Minister of National Defence,PRC at the PLA General Headquarters.

General Guanglie, PRC’s Minister of National Defence  elaborated the roles and tasks, assigned to him in the PLA as well as in thesphere of Chinese defence and its related strategic planning in his capacity asMinister of National Defence.

General Ma Xiaotian, Deputy Chief of General Staff,PLA and several senior PLA senior officers were also associated with themeeting with the PRC’s Minister of National Defence.

Minister of Defence and State Councillor, GeneralGuanglie during exchange of views assured Sri Lanka and her Armed Forces of anyassistance whatsoever in case of any emergency, catastrophe or otherwise. Healso recalled historic ties that have been in existence between both nationsand instances where China closely co-operated with the Sri Lankan leaders andvice versa.

General Guanglie, who is also a member of the powerfulCentral Military Commission (CMC) of the Communist Party of China (CPC) underwhich the PLA (Chinese Armed Forces) is formally operating, is one of the mostrespected legendary military leaders still serving in China.

At the PLA Headquarters on Thursday (7) morning, theArmy Chief from Sri Lanka was accorded a colourful Guard of Honour on arrivaland the parade commander in conformity with military traditions, invitedLieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya to inspect his troops after the visitingdignitary received the salute from a special dais.

The Sri Lankan delegation, headed by LieutenantGeneral  Jayasuriya is comprised of Brigadier K Gunawardena, GeneralOfficer Commanding, 11 Division, Brigadier P.W.B Jayasundera, Commandant, SriLanka Military Academy, two more officers and Mrs Manjulika Jayasuriya, thespouse of Lieutenant General Jayasuriya and President, Seva Vanitha ArmyBranch.

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