The VOC administration in Ceylon was engaged in a continuous war of attrition with the kingdom of Kandy. This friction came to a head on two occasions: first under Governor Rijcklof van Goens, who aimed to make Ceylon the VOC's central power base in Asia
against the wishes of the king, and indeed against those of Batavia. The second was in 1760, when war broke out between Kandy and the Company. The VOC won this war. Every year delegations from both side visited one another.