2 October 2022

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Sri Lanka defers visit of China’s ‘spy ship’ to Hambantota port on India’s protest

According to reports Sri Lankan government has requested China to postpone the arrival of the Yuan Wang 5 ship to the port of Hambantota.

Ayan Mukherjee: Sri Lankan government has requested China to postpone the arrival of the Yuan Wang 5 ship to the port of Hambantota.

At the Sri Lankan port, the Chinese space-satellite tracking ship was scheduled to refuel. The 2007-built ship may also be utilized to deploy intercontinental ballistic missiles with a broad aerial scope to track areas with a 750 km radius. According to reports, Sri Lanka has delayed the ship’s arrival pending more discussions with Chinese authorities.

India had already voiced disapproval of China’s choice to dock the ship in Hambantota port. Sri Lanka, which was in default on its loans, leased the important port to a Chinese corporation. Despite the fact that Hambantota has seen almost no economic activity, China has constantly disputed that Sri Lanka is trapped in a debt trap.

The present economic crisis in Sri Lanka is the worst in the country’s history, with sky-high inflation and a lack of gasoline and power.

As the Chinese ship approached Hambantota earlier this week, Tamil Nadu police in southern India increased coastal protection. The ship was scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on August 11 and depart on August 17, according to the country’s defense ministry.

The Chinese ship may have threatened Sri Lanka’s national security, according to Indian officials, who also said they were closely following the situation since it “bears on India’s security and economic interests.” India’s security would be ensured by “all necessary steps,” according to the external affairs ministry.

Earlier, according to a Pentagon assessment, the Strategic Support Force of China’s People’s Liberation Army operated the Yuan Wang ships (PLA).

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