Former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa was one of the prominent invitees at the 7th Xiangshan Forum, co-hosted by Chinese Association for Military Science and the China Institute for International Strategic Studies.
The Forum will kick start in Beijing, China from October 10 to 12, 2016.
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi, who attended the 6th Xiangshan Forum last year, will be present this time too, Defence Ministry confirmed.
According to sources, Gotabaya was granted to leave the country to attend this forum and stay in China for the rest of the days.
During the forum, leaders of defence establishments and militaries from various countries will have intense bilateral and multilateral exchanges.
The defense and military leaders in China has sent out invitations to persons who served the defence, representatives of international organizations, former government and military dignitaries, and renowned academics and scholars, to take part in this forum.
The forum is to “Strengthen Security Dialogue and Cooperation, and Build a New Type of International Relations”.
Accordoing Wu Qian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defence, Delegates will exchange views on such issues as the military’s role in global governance, meeting new security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region by taking cooperative measures, maritime security cooperation, the threat of international terrorism and countermeasures.
“The Chinese side hopes that this forum will be conducive for all participants to strengthening mutual trust, accumulating consensus, promoting regional security cooperation, and jointly maintaining regional peace and stability. We also welcome both domestic and foreign journalists to cover the event,” Wu Qian said.
More than 60 countries and organizations have confirmed their participation of official delegations in this year’s Xiangshan Forum. In addition, more than 100 scholars and representatives from China and abroad will also participate, China says.
Gotabaya is expected to stay in China for next 25 days . The Indian think- tanks speculate Gotabaya is ‘not let down’ by the Chinese and they ‘must ‘be grooming Gota to become the next president of Sri Lanka. ( Kamanthi Ediriweera)