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China adamant on spy ship’s visit to Hambantota, India also under pressure on Sri Lanka


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On the request to postpone the visit of Yuang Wang-5 to Colombo, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ki Zhenhong met President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in which he talked about clarifying the situation only after consultation with Beijing. Somewhere.

News Nation Bureau , Edited By : Nihar Saxena , Updated on: 08 Aug 2022, 11:56:54 AM

Chinese Ambassador in Colombo met Ranil Wickremesinghe on this issue. (Photo Credit: News Nation)


  • Chinese Ambassador to Colombo met Ranil Wickremesinghe, did not clarify Dragon’s stand
  • On India’s objection, Sri Lanka had requested to postpone the visit of the spy ship
  • In 2014 also Sri Lanka gave permission to Chinese submarine equipped with nuclear capability


Dragoon forced by the habit of obstinate and aggressive attitude Hambantota spy ship in port Yuan Wang-5 No clear answer has been given on postponing the tour. India has agreed to anchor the Chinese spy ship Hambantota. Security Due to the reasons, a strong objection was lodged from Joint Colombo. The Ranil Wickremesinghe government, which came under pressure after this objection, had urged the Chinese embassy to postpone the visit of the spy ship until further talks. Explains that on the request to postpone the visit of Yuang Wang-5 of Colombo Sri Lanka Chinese Ambassador Ki Zhenhong, posted in Ranil Wickremesinghe In which he asked Beijing to clarify the situation only after consultation. Obviously the Dragon is not going to be easily averted by a spy ship attack. Seeing this development, India has also taken a tough stand.

Gotabaya gave permission to the dragon before escaping from Colombo
It is noteworthy that Gotabaya Rajapaksa on 12 July allowed the Chinese spy vessel Yuang Wang-5 to stay at Hambantota port in southern Sri Lanka from 11 to 17 August before escaping from Sri Lanka. Beijing had talked about anchoring on Hambantota, saying to refuel and give rest to its crew. The Rajapaksa government did not even inform India about this while allowing the Chinese spy vessel to anchor. Upon detection, India expressed strong objection to the stopping of the Chinese spy ship in Hambantota, citing security reasons. Colombo’s Foreign Ministry, waiting for India’s help in the era of historic recession, after this had requested the Colombo Embassy in a verbal request to postpone the visit of the spy ship.

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Sri Lankan government under pressure from India-China stand
Now it is clear from the stand of the Chinese ambassador in Colombo that Dragon is not ready to bow down on this issue. Until a day or two ago, China’s Yuang Wang-5 spy ship was in the Taiwan Strait, from where it has now reached near Indonesia. Obviously Yuang Wang-5 has become a headache for the Ranil Wickremesingh government. Even many opposition leaders in Sri Lanka are against allowing it to anchor at the Hambantota port. He says that Colombo has continuously assured the Indian government that Sri Lanka will not allow any activity that threatens its internal security from its territory. In such a situation, now that the Chinese spy ship is anchoring in Hambantota, it is only a matter of threat to India’s security.

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Jaishankar also expressed concern
Significantly, during the ASEAN meeting, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had conveyed India’s concern to his Sri Lankan counterpart Ali Sabri about the Chinese spy ship in Cambodia. India had said that Hambantota is near the South Indian coast and the Chinese spy vessel can anchor there and collect sensitive information from the point of view of India’s security. Although China has been calling it research and research rather than a spy vessel. It is a different matter that the Yuang Wang-5, thanks to its huge antenna and sensors, can very easily spy on Indian shores and collect sensitive information. At present, the developments are getting complicated due to India’s objection, Sri Lanka’s insistence and Dragon’s obstinate stand. It is worth noting that in 2014 also the Sri Lankan government had allowed China’s nuclear powered submarine to stop at its port. Even after that, there was tension in the bilateral relations of Colombo-New Delhi.

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First Published : 08 Aug 2022, 11:54:01 AM

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