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China analysis ship requests Sri Lanka port name

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A normal view of the primary port is seen in Colombo, Sri Lanka. File.
| Photo Credit: Reuters

China has requested permission for a analysis ship to dock in Sri Lanka, Colombo stated on August 22, following a go to by a spacecraft-tracking vessel final 12 months that sparked safety issues from India.

Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Priyanga Wickramasinghe stated Beijing had sought permission for the Shi Yan 6 to dock, however that no date had been set and the request was being processed.

Chinese state broadcaster CGTN calls the Shi Yan 6 a “scientific research vessel” crewed by 60 that carries out oceanography, marine geology and marine ecology assessments.

Last 12 months, India raised issues over a Sri Lanka port name in Hambantota by Chinese analysis vessel Yuan Wang 5, which specialises in spacecraft monitoring and which New Delhi described as a spy ship.

Sri Lanka is strategically positioned midway alongside key east-west worldwide delivery routes.

Last 12 months, Colombo tried to handle New Delhi’s issues by asking China to not interact in any analysis actions whereas in Sri Lankan waters.

The Hambantota port has been run by the Chinese since 2017, after they took on a 99-year lease for $1.12 billion, lower than the $1.4 billion Sri Lanka paid a Chinese agency to construct it.

China final 12 months stated it was “completely unjustified for certain countries” to quote “security concerns” to strain Sri Lanka.

China owns 52% of cash-strapped Sri Lanka’s bilateral debt, and Beijing’s assist is essential for Colombo’s efforts to restructure its overseas loans.

Colombo defaulted on its $46 billion exterior debt in April 2022, and should restructure its funds as a part of an International Monetary Fund bailout.

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