Sri Lanka to boost India defence ties, as China tightens grip

As the concerns over China tightening its grip in Sri Lanka is increasing, Sri Lanka is planning to boost defence and security ties with India with an integrated country strategy paper drafted under new high commissioner Milinda Moragoda.

Frequent joint military exercises, more high level military exchanges, utilisation of India’s $50 million counter-terrorism line of credit, increasing the staff strength of defence adviser’s office and resolution of the politically sensitive issue of Sri Lankan Tamils are some of the major things that are addressed in the strategy paper.