MADRID, August 14 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Sri Lanka has given permission for a Chinese research vessel to dock at one of its ports, although nearby India has raised doubts about the mission’s integrity that could cover up a spy operation, and the United States is interested in an exercise of Chinese influence in the Region.
The “Yuan Wang 5” was originally scheduled to enter a port in Hambantota on the south coast of Sri Lanka on August 11th. However, the sensitive issue has resulted in his arrival being postponed until next Tuesday, Sri Lanka’s national media report.
The postponement comes after “certain concerns” were raised, according to the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry, while New Delhi announced the start of operations to survey the voyage in relation to India’s security and economic interests, which will take “all necessary measures to protect.” seize”. She.”
The United States has also pressured the Sri Lankan government to revoke Chinese access to the port, the Washington Post previously reported, citing an anonymous Sri Lankan official.
India and the US also argue that authorizing the visit would mean special treatment for China as the country seeks to renegotiate its debt and seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after months of political upheaval, the newspaper said.
Hambantota’s port, which is more than a decade old, has been plagued by controversy as the government had to borrow large amounts to build it. When Sri Lanka failed to repay the loans, China leased it to the Debt Relief Facility for 99 years.