March 19, 2017 08:16 am
Concerned about Sri Lanka’s lurch towards the US and the West, China is sending its Defence Minister Gen.Chang Wanquan to Colombo for a there-day trip beginning on Sunday, the New Indian Express reported.
The hurriedly planned visit will be part of a tour of some countries in the region (not in the Indian subcontinent). Gen.Chang Wanquan will meet all the top government leaders and also interact with the officers of the Defense Staff College.
While the precise purpose of the visit to Sri Lanka is not public yet, the speculation is that Beijing may want to stem Sri Lanka’s Westward lurch by re-establishing military ties with Colombo - a gap yet to be
filled by the West.