Sri Lanka withdraws permission to Chinese spy ship
The Sri Lankan government has asked China not to send its spy ship Yuan Wang 5 to Hambantota port for the time being.
It has been said from Sri Lanka that this visit should be canceled till further agreement is reached between the two countries.
The ship was to reach Hambantota port on 11 August for refueling and was scheduled to depart on 17 August.
On the other hand India was worried about this visit.
Sri Lanka granted permission on August 2, withdrew 5
On 2 August, the Sri Lankan government allowed the ship to enter the Hambantota port. After this, the Indian Navy conveyed its concerns to Sri Lanka.
On 5 August Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry withdrew permission to the ship. For this, information has been given to China through diplomatic channels.
Sri Lanka’s move shows that it understands India’s concerns.
High-capacity spy ship Hai Yuan Wang 5
China’s Yuan Wang-5 ship is equipped with high-capacity technology to track ballistic missiles and satellites.
It houses a large parabolic tracking antenna and a variety of sensors. Its operation requires a crew of more than 400.
In such a situation, if China deploys this ship in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka, then it can get many information related to India through the technology in it.
India had these concerns
If China deploys this ship in parts of the Indian Ocean, it may be able to monitor India’s missile tests from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.
Through this, China can also be successful in tracking Indian ballistic missile tests and breaking them by getting information about the performance of missiles and their precise capability.
This can be a threat to India’s security.
These were the other concerns
China built this ship in 2007. It spans 222 meters and has a width of 25.2 meters.
China can also conduct missile tests on this ship and can keep an eye on it up to a distance of 750 km.
In such a situation, China can gather vital information on military installations by tracking the ports of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh along with spying on Kalpakkam, Koodankulam and nuclear research centers within Indian borders.
India doubts the growing influence of China in Sri Lanka
India also remains suspicious of the growing influence of China in Sri Lanka. This is because it has to pay a $1.4 billion loan to Beijing for infrastructure projects, including the Hambantota port.
Sri Lanka granted a 99-year lease to a Chinese company in 2017 at a port located along the main east-west international shipping lanes after being unable to repay the loan.
In such a situation, China can think of taking advantage of this.