People’s Liberation Army Deputy Chief of General Staff Calls on Commander of Sri Lanka Navy
Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), General Ma Xiaotian called on the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo on 13th December 2011. He was accorded a token Guard of Honour and warmly received on arrival.
General Xiaotian is in Sri Lanka heading a seven-member military delegation. They held cordial discussions on matters of bilateral relevance and mutual interests with the Commander of the Navy. Director General Operations Rear Admiral Jayantha Perera, Director Naval Operations Rear Admiral Neil Rosayro and Naval Assistant Commodore MUKV Bandara also took part in the discussions. The Ambassador for People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka Her Excellency Yang Xiuping was also present on the occasion. Mementos were exchanged as a gesture of goodwill to mark the occasion.
The delegation consisted of Rear Admiral Guan Youfei, Deputy Chief, Foreign Affairs Office (FAO), Ministry of National Defence (MND), Senior Colonel (Air Force) Guo Hongwei, Secretary to General (Air Force) Ma Xiaotian, Senior Colonel Song Yanchao, Deputy Director General, Asian Affairs Bureau, FAO, MND, Colonel Zhao Meng, Staff Officer, FAO, MND, Colonel Liu Bin, Staff Officer, FAO, MND and Captain Jiang Bin, Staff Officer, FAO, MND.
Naval Today Staff, December 14, 2011; Image: navy