Sri Lanka bans entry of Chinese spy ship into the country
China’s Yuan Wang 5 spy ship was scheduled to refuel at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port on August 11 and depart on August 17. The Sri Lankan government has asked the Chinese government to postpone the visit of its space-satellite tracker ship Yuan Wang 5 to Hambantota port for further consultations between the two governments. The Chinese spy ship was scheduled to refuel at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port on August 11 and depart on August 17.
yuan wang 5 a spy ship
Designated as a spy ship, Yuan Wang 5 was built in 2007 and has a displacement of 11,000 tonnes. The survey vessel departed Jiangyin, China on 13 July and is currently located near Taiwan. According to the Maritime Traffic website, the ship is currently in the East China Sea between southern Japan and northeast of Taiwan.
India expressed displeasure
Recently, India had strongly objected to the news of the arrival of a huge Chinese ship at the Hambantota port of Sri Lanka. India’s Ministry of External Affairs has made it clear that it keeps a close watch on any incidents affecting its security and economic interests. After this, Sri Lanka, which is facing economic crisis, started worrying about the economic condition of its country. In fact even Sri Lanka knows that India stood by its side in difficult times. Nothing has been received in the name of help from China. In such a situation, it can be said that Sri Lanka had to bow down to India’s displeasure.
Hambantota port is strategically important
The Chinese vessel Yuan Wang 5 was expected to arrive at the Sri Lankan port of Hambantota for refueling from 11–17 August and was scheduled to conduct satellite control and research tracking in the northwestern Indian Ocean during August and September. The port is considered strategically important and is located in the hometown of the Rajapaksa family and was mainly developed with Chinese loans. Newly appointed Prime Minister Gunawardene told reporters that both the countries are our close friends. We will try to resolve the matter amicably.