Spy Ship China: China enraged by the shock from Sri Lanka, raged on India after ‘no entry’ to the spy ship, said- it is useless to put pressure on any third…

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Highlights

  • Sri Lanka refused to bring the ship
  • After this China taunted India
  • Chinese ship was about to come to Hambantota

Spy Ship China: China on Monday took a dig at India, saying it was “meaningless” to put pressure on Colombo, citing security concerns. ‘ Is. According to the report received from Colombo, Sri Lanka has asked China to postpone the arrival of its space and satellite reconnaissance vessel ‘Yuan Wang 5’ at Hambantota port due to concerns expressed by India. The vessel is to reach the port from August 11 to 17.

Responding to these reports, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a press conference here that Beijing has taken note of the report and that “cooperation between China and Sri Lanka has been independently chosen by the two countries and their common interests.” match. It does not target any third party. Referring to the report, he said it was “meaningless to pressurize” Sri Lanka by citing security concerns. The report attributed the concerns expressed by India for Sri Lanka’s move.

“Sri Lanka is a sovereign nation and can enter into relations with any third country in the interest of its development,” he said. “China urges relevant parties to look at China’s scientific discoveries in a fair and sensible manner and also to stop disrupting normal exchanges between China and Sri Lanka,” Wang said. He also said that Sri Lanka is a transportation hub in the Indian Ocean and scientific exploration ships from many countries, including China, stop at Sri Lankan ports for refueling.

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China spy ship

India had objected

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that China adheres to the freedom of navigation and fully respects their jurisdiction for scientific exploration activities in the waters of the island countries. According to media reports, India has informed Sri Lanka that the arrival of a hi-tech Chinese research vessel at its port could pose a threat to India’s national security. Sri Lanka has received strong messages from India. Reports said the vessel is believed to have the capability to detect satellites and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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India has said that it is closely monitoring developments that are related to its security and economic interests. When asked about this, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said in Delhi last month that India is aware of the proposed visit of the ship to Hambantota port and the government is monitoring it and taking all necessary measures. went. According to reports from Colombo, following the request from Sri Lanka to postpone the arrival of the vessel, the Chinese Embassy has requested immediate meeting of senior officials.


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.

Sri Lanka’s new President Ranil Wickremesinghe is making efforts to lift his country out of the economic crisis and India has said it will continue to assist the island nation. Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardene said last week that Sri Lanka was ready to resolve the issue of the ship’s voyage with an “approach of friendship”. India’s concern is particularly focused on the Hambantota port. In 2017, Colombo leased the southern port to China’s Merchant Port Holdings for 99 years after Sri Lanka was unable to meet its debt repayment commitments. This raised the possibility of China using the port for military purposes.

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