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Amid India's concerns, China warns ‘third parties’ as high-tech ship docks in Sri Lanka , Details here

Workers wave China's and Sri Lanka's national flags upon the arrival of China's research and survey vessel, the Yuan Wang 5 at Hambantota port on August 16, 2022. A Chinese research vessel entered Sri Lanka's Chinese-run southern port of Hambantota on August 16 despite concerns from India and the US about its activities.  (AFP)Premium
Workers wave China's and Sri Lanka's national flags upon the arrival of China's research and survey vessel, the Yuan Wang 5 at Hambantota port on August 16, 2022. A Chinese research vessel entered Sri Lanka's Chinese-run southern port of Hambantota on August 16 despite concerns from India and the US about its activities.  (AFP)

  • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the ship 'Yuan Wang 5' has ‘successfully berthed’ at Hambantota port with ‘active cooperation from the Sri Lankan side’

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Despite Indian and US concerns, China on Tuesday said the activities of its high-tech research vessel will not affect the security of any country and should not be "obstructed" by any "third party," as the ship berthed at Sri Lanka's southern port of Hambantota. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin reportedly said that the ship 'Yuan Wang 5' has “successfully berthed" at Hambantota port with “active cooperation from the Sri Lankan side."

Wang parried a question of extending financial support to Sri Lanka, which went bankrupt defaulting on USD 51 billion in foreign debt which included loans from China, according to news agency PTI report. He said that when the ship arrived, the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong hosted the onsite welcoming ceremony at the Hambantota port, which Beijing took over on 99-year-lease as a debt swap in 2017.

Referring to Indian and US concerns over the ship with military applications berthing at the Hambantota port in the Indian Ocean, Wang said, “I want to stress again that the marine scientific research activities of the Yuan Wang 5 are consistent with international law and international common practice," additionally stating, "they do not affect the security and the economic interests of any country and should not be obstructed by any third party," he said.

He said the ceremony was attended by a representative of Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickramasinghe besides “more than ten heads of parties and heads of friendly communities. It will take some time for the “Yuan Wang 5 research ship to complete the replenishment of necessary supplies."

This development comes in the wake of the Sri Lankan government, earlier asking the Chinese government to delay the arrival of the ship after India and the US reportedly expressed concern over its specialised in satellite and ballistic missile tracking, finally granted the port access to the vessel from August 16 to 22. On Monday, Wang declined to reveal details of talks with Colombo leading to the bankrupt island's government reversing its earlier stand to defer the high-tech vessel's entry. “As for the specific questions that you raised, we have mentioned China's position quite a few times," Wang added.

(With inputs from PTI)

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