BEIJING, Oct 14 (ChinaMil) -- Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), and Sri Lanka's Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Karunasena Hettiarachchi co-chaired the second China-Sri Lanka Defense Cooperation Dialogue in Beijing on October 13.
During the dialogue, the two sides had in-depth exchange of views on South Asian situation, bilateral relations and exchanges and cooperation between the two militaries.
Adm. Sun noted that China views South Asia as an important partner and firmly supports Sri Lanka's efforts to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The two countries have enjoyed frequent high-level exchanges over the years, and the two sides have had close cooperation in multiple fields, supported and helped each other on issues concerning their core interests, and maintained close coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, said Sun.
The military-to-military relations serve as a cornerstone for bilateral relations, and the Chinese military is willing to continue to support Sri Lanka's defense and military development, and work with it to implement the consensus reached by Chinese president Xi Jinping and Sri Lanka president Sirisena, Sun vowed.
He urged both sides to step up strategic coordination and cooperation, enhance high-level interactions and exchanges between young military officers and academies, promote naval exchange and cooperation, consolidate the progress on personnel training and push forward regional security collaboration, so as to make positive contributions to the healthy and steady development of bilateral relations and preserving regional peace, stability and prosperity.
Hettiarachchi praised the long-standing friendship between Sri Lanka and China that has withstood a lot of tests. Sri Lanka stands ready to deepen mutually beneficial exchange and cooperation with China in multiple fields and increase mutual trust and coordination, he said.
Commending the smooth and fruitful multi-level and multi-field interactions between the Sri Lankan and Chinese militaries, Hettiarachchi said Sri Lankan military is willing to continue the mutual assistance with China as always, enhance high-level strategic communication, push forward cooperation in such areas as personnel training, joint exercise, strategic research and multilateral coordination, and advance the mil-to-mil relations both in depth and breadth, with a view to safeguarding the two countries' fundamental interests and regional security.