A Chinese ship docked in Sri Lanka despite India’s fears it might spy on its activities

The port authorities said that the Yuan Wang 5 had entered the deep-water port after obtaining permission from Sri Lanka on the condition that no investigation was conducted. (Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP)

A Chinese research vessel entered the southern but Chinese-administered Hambantota port of Sri Lanka on Tuesday.Although India and the United States are concerned about their activities.

the ship Yuan Wang 5 entered Deep water port after obtaining permission from Sri Lanka on condition that no investigation is conductedport authorities said.

It was originally scheduled to arrive last week, but Colombo has asked Beijing to postpone the visit due to India’s objections.which shares the West’s concern about Chinese activities in the region.

But on Saturday, after intense negotiations, Sri Lanka announced that it had given permission for the ship to dock at Hambantota and stay there for six days.

Navigation websites describe Yuan Wang 5 as a navigational vessel, but the Indian press claims that it is As a spy ship.

India looks suspiciously at the growing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean and its influence in Sri Lanka.

The Chinese ship was able to enter the port provided that its automatic identification system was active and it could not conduct scientific research.  India suspects it may be a spy ship (Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP)
The Chinese ship was able to enter the port provided that its automatic identification system was active and it could not conduct scientific research. India suspects it may be a spy ship (Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP)

One day before the ship arrives, India has donated a Dornier 228 surveillance aircraft to Sri Lanka to enhance its maritime surveillance capabilities.

The Chinese ship was able to enter the port on the condition that it be kept automatic identification system s Scientific research cannot be conducted.

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Hambantota port under Chinese administrationwhich it has leased for 99 years for $1.12 billion, is less than the $1.4 billion Sri Lanka paid a Chinese company to build it.

According to Indian media, Yuan Wang 5 can be used for space and satellite tracking, and has specific ICBM launch capabilities.

The Indian government expressed concern that the ship might be spying on its activities and filed a complaint with Colombo. The United States also expressed concern about the ship.

Sri Lanka was heavily indebted to China between 2005 and 2015In 2017, Beijing granted the Hambantota port concession after it defaulted on its payments.

China is Sri Lanka’s main creditorwith more than 10% of the island’s external debt.

Chinese support is essential to Sri Lankawhich is suffering from a serious economic crisis, to restructure its external debt and qualify for a bailout agreement from the International Monetary Fund.

(With information from AFP)

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