A Chinese Ship at Hambantota: A reality check for India-Sri Lanka relations4 min read . Updated: 18 Aug 2022, 11:35 AM IST
- The question for New Delhi is why its prompt help for Sri Lanka in its hour of need seems not to evoke consideration enough from significant sections in Colombo
The Chinese surveillance ship Yuan Wang 5 has finally berthed at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port after waiting at sea for a few days owing apparently to Indian pressure on Sri Lanka to prevent the visit, also referred to as ‘the threats of big powers’. New Delhi would certainly have explained to Colombo how allowing the ship to berth at a Sri Lankan port while entirely acceptable under international law was, nevertheless, a hostile act by the Chinese given the context of the ongoing tensions between the Indian and Chinese armies along the LAC at another end of the Indian peninsula.
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