As a ship arrives in Sri Lanka, China issues a warning to "third parties," raising India's concerns

Without identifying India or the US in its response to the most recent development, China stated that its scientific research operations are in compliance with international law and should not be interfered with by either country "a third party

The Chinese warship Yuan Wang 5, brimming with antennae and communication equipment, docked at Sri Lanka's Chinese-run port of Hambantota on Tuesday, despite worries from India and the US over its purported surveillance activities.


Without identifying India or the US in its response to the most recent development, China stated that its scientific research operations are in compliance with international law and should not be interfered with by either country "a third party


"On Tuesday, the Chinese research vessel Yuan Wang 5 landed in Sri Lanka's Hambantota port. A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry was quoted by state-run media Global Times as claiming that several senior Sri Lankan officials, including representatives of the president, attended the welcoming ceremony hosted by Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhong.


"Yuan Wang 5 will need some time to finish the necessary supplies after docking. Its scientific research efforts are compliant with international law and accepted practices, and other parties shouldn't interfere with them, he stressed.


Yuan Wang 5 will need some time to finish the necessary supplies after docking. Its scientific research activities are conducted in compliance with international law and accepted industry standards, and outside interference is not permitted: Chinese FM representative on Tuesday


India had objected to the docking of the Yuan Wang 5, which experts describe as a high-tech ship for tracking space objects, out of concern that China may utilize the port, which is close to the primary trade route between Asia and Europe, as a military station.


The ship was first permitted a five-day replenishment stay in Hambantota beginning on August 11. Sri Lanka initially granted this permission because it needed both India's and China's support as it battles its worst economic crisis in decades.


Later, citing the need for additional talks, it requested China postpone the vessel's arrival.


According to a port official who declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, Yuan Wang 5 will now berth for only three days to stock up on fuel, food, and other necessities.


According to an official in the Sri Lankan administration, the island country is making efforts to prevent hostilities between allied nations.


Bandula Gunawardana, the minister of information, told reporters that "India had expressed concerns and Sri Lanka requested a delay in the ship's docking till conversations could be made to resolve these issues."


"Before this, Sri Lanka received ships from the US, India, and other nations. We permitted these ships to arrive. The Chinese ship has been permitted to dock similarly."


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