Sri Lanka defers visit of China’s satellite tracking ship to Hambantota port

According to reports, the Sri Lankan government has asked China to defer the arrival of Yuan Wang 5 ship at Hambantota port.

The Chinese space-satellite tracker ship was set to refuel at the Lankan port. The ship built in 2007 can also be used in intercontinental ballistic missile launch with wide aerial scope to track regions with a parameter of 750 kms. Reports claimed Sri Lanka has deferred the ship’s arrival until further consultations with Chinese authorities.

India had earlier raised concerns over China’s decision to set the ship on Hambantota port. The strategic port was leased to a Chinese company by Sri Lanka after it failed to pay its loans. China has consistently denied that Sri Lanka has been clamped into a debt trap even as there has been virtually no economic activity in Hambantota.