China Spy Ship: China’s disputed missile surveillance and tracking ship is still heading towards Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port despite calls from Sri Lanka to postpone the voyage.
The geopolitical crisis over China’s spy ship in Sri Lanka has deepened. After India’s strong opposition, Sri Lanka asked China to postpone the visit of its spy ship Yuan Wang 5 to Hambantota. China came under tension on this changed attitude of Sri Lanka and the Chinese Ambassador posted in Colombo met Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe. In this, the Chinese Ambassador told the Sri Lankan President that he would first talk to the Xi Jinping government on postponing the tour, only after that he would give any answer. On the other hand, India has maintained its strict stand regarding the Chinese ship.
The Chinese embassy said they had postponed the ship’s plan to reach Hambantota. No reason was given behind this. The statement said that relations between China and Sri Lanka are good. And will continue to be. Their foundation is said to be very strong. It refers to the meeting of the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka and China, which was held recently. China also said that it wants to make it clear that Sri Lanka supports the One China policy. China also said that it respects the maritime boundaries of all countries, in accordance with the law. He has said to send the spy ship Yuang Wang 5 to Hambantota only for scientific research.
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Seven Chinese spy ships at sea
China has 7 ships like Yuang Wang 5 to spy. Which have been launched to conduct surveillance in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Their job is to send information to the land based commanding center. Yuang Wang 5 is the third generation tracking ship of the Yuang Wang series. It is in service since 29 September 2007. It was built at Jiangnan Shipyard. When the news came that he was sending his ship to Sri Lanka, India also objected.
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India is taking a tough stand
India has traditionally taken a tough stance on Chinese military ships in the Indian Ocean in the past and has lodged a protest with Sri Lanka over such visits. Relations between India and Sri Lanka became strained in 2014 after Colombo allowed a Chinese nuclear-powered submarine to stay at one of its ports. China is a major lender to Sri Lanka with investments in infrastructure. India, on the other hand, has been Sri Lanka’s lifeline in the current economic crisis. India has been at the forefront of providing nearly $4 billion in aid to Sri Lanka during the year as the island nation is facing its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.
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