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The Chinese Army has promised Sri Lanka assistance with military training, with Sri Lanka responding with their own offer of military courses for Chinese soldiers.

A high level delegation from the People’s Liberation Army were received by war crimes accused Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya on Thursday.

The Chief of Foreign Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of Defence, Major General Qian Lihua, has promised China’s full cooperation in various areas of Sri Lanka’s military training.

Lihua also assured Sri Lanka China would provide more opportunities for Sri Lankan trainee officers to train in Chinese military academies.

‘We have assisted Sri Lanka in the past 25 years or more. In peacetime too, we wish to further extend our assistance in all spheres.’ Major General Lihua said.

He also pointed out that Sri Lanka was currently the only foreign country to receive military training in China.

Lt. Gen. Jayasuriya responded with an invitation to Chinese soldiers to attend military courses offered by the Sri Lankan Army, to expose them to the experience of ‘defeating terrorism’.

The head of the Sri Lankan Army thanked the visiting delegation for their “keen interest in interacting closely with the Sri Lanka Army and its appreciation of the Sri Lankan Army’s contribution to world peace”.