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Chinese “Spy Ship” Arrives At Sri Lanka Port Amid Concerns In India

Colombo: A Chinese ship with abilities to track satellites and intercontinental missiles docked at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port this morning amid security concerns expressed by India.
Harbour Master, Captain Nirmal de Silva, told NDTV that the Chinese ship arrived at Sri Lankan port at around 840 am.

The ballistic missile and satellite tracking ship, Yuan Wang 5, was allowed to dock at the Hambantota port on the condition that it will not carry out any research while in Sri Lankan waters, news agency AFP quoted port officials as saying.

New Delhi is concerned about the possibility of the ship’s tracking systems attempting to snoop on Indian installations, it is learnt.

Sri Lanka, which had earlier asked China to postpone the visit of the high-tech ship, cleared it for docking on Saturday.

The security and cooperation in the neighbourhood are of utmost priority in handling the issue of the Chinese vessel Wang Yang 5, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said in a statement on giving the final clearance.

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The government took into account the interests of all parties concerned, and in line with the principle of sovereign equality of states, the statement said.

Last week, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said that India will make the best judgement about its security interests and it takes into account the prevailing situation in the region, especially in border areas.

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“The government carefully monitors any development having a bearing on India’s security and economic interests and takes all necessary measures to safeguard them,” he had said.

Earlier, the Chinese Foreign Ministry had said that it was “completely unjustified for certain countries to cite the so-called “security concerns” to pressure Sri Lanka.”

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