China fumes as Sri Lanka bows to India’s pressure
Former President Gotabaya allowed spy ship to dock at Hambantota port before fleeing to Maldives
Colombo, dated 7
Amid the tense situation with Taiwan, a Chinese spy ship Yuan Wang-5 was scheduled to arrive at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port. However, due to India’s pressure, China has fumed saying that the date of arrival of this ship at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port has been postponed. Now the Chinese Embassy in Colombo has demanded an immediate meeting with Sri Lankan officials on this issue.
Chinese spy ship Yuan Wang-5 was scheduled to stop at Hambantota port between August 11 and 17. However, India strongly objected to Sri Lanka on this issue. According to Sri Lankan media reports, President Ranil Wickremesinghe held a closed-door meeting with Chinese Ambassador Cui Jenhong after demanding the suspension of the Chinese spy ship Yuan Wang-5’s voyage. However, the Sri Lankan President’s Office denied any such meeting.
Former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa allowed a Chinese spy ship to dock at Hambantota port before fleeing to the Maldives. Regarding the arrival of this ship, Sri Lanka said that the Chinese ship will come to Hambantota only to fill fuel and load some food and drink items. However, China’s spy ship Yuan Wang-5 is equipped with a very powerful radar and sophisticated technology. Apart from space and satellite tracking, the ship can also receive information on the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The ship is equipped with a powerful antenna, which helps it to monitor over long distances.
India had strongly protested to Sri Lanka against the arrival of Chinese spy at Hambantota port. India said it is monitoring every development keeping in mind its security and economic interests and will take all necessary measures to protect them.