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Sri Lanka says controversial Chinese ship can dock in its port

Sri Lanka confirms the Yuan Wang 5 ship will arrive in a few days, despite concerns raised by neighbouring India.

Published On 13 Aug 2022

Sri Lanka says it has granted permission for a controversial Chinese research vessel to go to the island, despite security concerns raised by neighbouring India.

The Yuan Wang 5 is referred to as a study and survey vessel by international shipping and analytics sites, but in accordance with Indian media, this is a dual-use spy ship.

Both China and India have tried to expand their influence in Sri Lanka, that is facing its worst overall economy in its post-independence history.

India has provided more help Sri Lanka this season than any nation. Nonetheless it fears its bigger and much more powerful rival China use the Hambantota port close to the main Asia-Europe shipping route as a military base.

The Yuan Wang 5 was due to get to a port in Hambantota on the southern coast of Sri Lanka on August 11, but will now arrive on Tuesday, the foreign ministry said.

The visit had initially been approved on July 12, each day before former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled following months of protests contrary to the countrys overall economy.

Rajapaksa whose brother Mahinda borrowed heavily from China while president from 2005 to 2015 resigned after escaping to Singapore.

Thousands of protesters overran his palace and home in Colombo after accusing him of economic mismanagement which has resulted in acute shortages of food, fuel and medicines.

Sri Lanka leased the Hambantota deep sea port to China for 99 years for $1.12bn, significantly less than the $1.4bn Sri Lanka paid a Chinese company to create it.

In accordance with Indian reports, the Yuan Wang 5 could possibly be useful for space and satellite tracking, and contains specific uses in intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

Indias foreign ministry has said it’ll closely monitor any bearing on Indias security and economic interests and takes all necessary measures to guard them.

India has rejected claims that it has put pressure on Sri Lanka to show the vessel away.

We reject categorically the insinuation and such statement about India. Sri Lanka is really a sovereign country and makes its independent decisions, Arindam Bagchi, a foreign ministry spokesman, said.

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