China has agreed to provide aid worth USD14 million to Sri Lanka to procure Chinese-made counter-insurgency equipment, it was announced on 14 May.
The funding – pledged during Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Beijing – is intended to boost the capability of Sri Lanka’s security forces, the president’s media division said.
China has also agreed to provide Sri Lanka’s police force with 150 vehicles, it added.
The donations were pledged less than a month after Sri Lanka endured a series of suicide bombings, which killed more than 250 people.
The funding pledge is the latest that China has offered Sri Lanka to support defence equipment purchases.
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