Due to pressure from India, Sri Lanka requests China to delay sending a ship: Report

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After pressure from India, Sri Lanka requests that China delay sending a ship.

According to the analytics website MarineTraffic, the Yuan Wang 5 is traveling from the Chinese port of Jiangyin and is scheduled to arrive at the Chinese-operated port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Following intense pressure from India, Sri Lanka has asked China to postpone a ship’s visit indefinitely, according to official sources on Saturday.

According to the analytics website MarineTraffic, the Yuan Wang 5 is traveling from the Chinese port of Jiangyin and is scheduled to arrive at the Chinese-operated port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Although it is referred to as a research and survey vessel, CNN-News18 claims that it is actually a dual-purpose spy ship that is specifically used for intercontinental ballistic missile launches and is used for tracking satellites and spacecraft.

According to some media reports, New Delhi had complained to Colombo because it was concerned the ship would be used to spy on its operations.

China’s growing influence in Sri Lanka, India’s southern neighbor, continues to raise suspicions.

The Indian government’s foreign ministry stated last week that it will closely monitor “any bearing on India’s security and economic interests and take all necessary measures to safeguard them.”

An official involved in the matter told AFP on Saturday that the Chinese embassy in Colombo received a written request from the Sri Lankan foreign ministry instructing it not to proceed with the visit.

The request states that “the ministry wishes to request that the arrival date of the vessel Yuan Wang 5 in Hambantota be deferred until further consultations are made on this matter.”

On Friday, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the president of Sri Lanka, gave political party leaders assurances that the contentious visit would not proceed as scheduled.

Colombo appeared to dismiss Indian concerns earlier this week when it stated that the ship was only traveling to refuel and replenish supplies and would not be performing any work in Sri Lankan waters.

When two Chinese submarines berthed in Sri Lanka in 2014, India protested vehemently.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former president of Sri Lanka, was compelled to step down last month due to the country’s worst-ever economic crisis, which is still going on. Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose brother Gotabaya is the brother of, borrowed heavily from China while serving as president from 2005 to 2015.

This article, which was pulled from a syndicated feed and only the headline was edited by Nokia News staff,

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