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China to gift frigate to Sri Lanka to bolster bilateral defence ties

25 July 2018

China will gift Sri Lanka a frigate to deepen bilateral defence ties between the two countries, a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officer announced in Colombo on 23 July.

Senior Colonel Xu Jianwei from the Chinese Embassy in Colombo, who made the announcement during a reception in the Sri Lankan capital to mark the 91st anniversary founding of the PLA, did not provide any details about the frigate.

He said, however, that Beijing will also continue to provide training courses for the Sri Lankan military and complete construction of the Chinese-funded auditorium complex at the Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA) in Diyatalawa, which is located some 190 km east of Colombo.

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