Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has left for China on the invitation of President Xi Jinping.

During the four-day state visit, Mr. Rajapaksa is likely to hold discussions with his counterpart, and with Prime Minister Li Keqiang, Vice-President Li Yuanchao, Minister of Defence Chang Wanquan and Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng, sources at the President’s office here said. The talks will cover enhancing cooperation in trade, investment, tourism, culture, science and technology, defence, regional and international affairs, according to the President’s office.

Sri Lanka’s ties with China are said to be growing stronger in the recent years — something India is also watching keenly.