Army chief hails PLA, shares past memories
NDU authorities urged to explore possibilities of
expanding allocation quota for Sri Lankan military intake:
The third day itinerary of Army Chief Lieutenant General Jagath
Jayasuriya's tour of the Peopleís Republic of China (PRC) began on
Friday morning with a visit to the PRC's most prestigious National
Defence University (NDU) where a large number of foreign graduates
including those from the Sri Lanka Army are reading for degrees.
Lieutenant General Jayasuriya, himself a past NDU graduate, was received
by its Commandant Lieutenant General Guo Junbo and a few representative
members of the academic and administrative staff.
A senior NDU member later briefed on the roles and tasks of this top
military education institution in China to the visiting Sri Lankan
military delegation before an exchange of views with NDU authorities.
Later, Lieutenant General Jayasuriya recalled the bonds of military
co-operation which existed for many decades between China and Sri Lanka
and his memorable days at the campus many years ago.
He requested NDU authorities to consider possibilities of conducting
joint courses or exchange programmes in co-operation with different
academic institutions in Sri Lanka.
The visiting Commander urged NDU authorities to explore possibilities
of expanding the allocation quota for Sri Lankan military intakes since
Sri Lankan Armed Forces are now fully geared to receive more training
The Commanderís visit to the NDU complex was made more memorable,
when he was invited to plant a sapling at the campus premises.
The Commander and his retinue were later invited to visit the 3rd
Division of Beijing Garrison Headquarters.
On arrival, he was received by Senior Colonel Wu Ai Min, Commander,
3rd Division of Beijing Garrison Headquarters. Lieutenant General
Jayasuriya received an update on the roles and tasks of his Division
during a brief presentation and was shown around by senior military
As the last leg of the day's agenda, the Commander and his delegation
visited Poly Technologies, the company that manufactures military
products and hardware. The Sri Lankan delegation received a
comprehensive briefing on its products as well as the manufacturing
process during their visit to the venue.