China Sends Survey Vessel to Sri Lankan Port it Controls, Irking India

China Sends Survey Vessel to Sri Lankan Port it Controls, Irking India


China recently deployed a survey vessel to Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port — which Colombo ceded to Beijing on a 99-year lease in 2017 after defaulting on debt to China — Reuters reported on Thursday, noting that the vessel’s deployment to Sri Lanka has irked nearby India which denounced the Chinese research mission as a possible threat to New Delhi’s “security and economic interests.”

The Chinese scientific research vessel “Yuan Wang 5” was en route to the southern Sri Lankan port of Hambantota as of July 28 and was expected to arrive on August 11, according to Reuters. The news agency cited data from Refinitiv Eikon, a financial market information platform, and a Sri Lankan consulting firm with Chinese government ties called the “Belt & Road

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