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Chinese spy ship reaches Hambantota port of Lanka amid India’s concerns

Shri Lanka: Amidst India's concerns, China's satellite and missile surveillance ship has reached the Sri Lankan port of Hambantota this morning. Sri Lanka had already given its permission.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Lanka: Amidst India’s concerns, China’s satellite and missile surveillance ship has reached the Sri Lankan port of Hambantota on Tuesday morning. Sri Lanka had already given its permission. According to reports, Sri Lanka had earlier asked China to postpone its ship’s program amid concerns from India and the US, but a few days later it allowed China to send the spy ship to Hambantota port.

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When Sri Lanka asked China to suspend the ship’s entry, China expressed its displeasure, citing so-called “security concerns” by some countries to put pressure on Colombo and its internal affairs “completely”. It is absolutely unwarranted to intervene.” “Having considered all material in place, on 13 August 2022, the clearance to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China was conveyed for the deferred arrival of the vessel from 16-22 August 2022,” the country’s foreign affairs ministry said in a statement.

Amid concerns in India, Sri Lanka had asked China to postpone the ship’s entry. However, this was followed by a sharp reaction from China, It said earlier this month that it was “totally inappropriate” for some countries to pressurize Colombo and “grossly interfere” in its internal affairs, citing so-called “security concerns”.

According to India, this ship was shown as a spy ship. The spy ship can map the ocean floor, which is important for the Chinese Navy’s anti-submarine operations. The Chinese ship Yuan Wang 5 Ko was built in 2007 as a research and survey and has a capacity of 11,000 tons.

During this important visit to the major Sri Lankan port, it may conduct satellite research in the north-western part of the Indian Ocean region, which may pose security concerns for India.

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It was built in lieu of a loan given to Sri Lanka by China after leasing it to Hambantota port, located about 250 km from Colombo. The Sri Lankan government struggled a lot to repay the loan taken from China, after which the port has been handed over to the Chinese on a 99-year lease and now the Chinese spy ship has landed in the port of Sri Lanka.

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