After India Questions ‘Real Purpose’, Sri Lanka Asks China to ‘Defer’ Spy Ship Yuan Wang 5’s Arrival

Sri Lanka has asked China to delay the arrival of its spy ship Yuan Wang 5 after India expressed concerns about the “real purpose” of the voyage.

Yuan Wang 5 is a dual-use spy ship, used for space and satellite tracking and with specific use in intercontinental ballistic missile launches. It is a third-generation follower ship of the Yuan Wang series, which entered service on September 29, 2007 and was designed by China’s 708 Research Institute.

It is a highly advanced missile instrumentation vessel with high-quality antennas and electronic equipment to support missile and missile launching and tracking.

The ship in question should arrive at the port of Hambantota on August 11 and remain there until August 17. Sri Lanka has received a request for fuel and other supplies during the stay.

According to the available information, after this stay, the Yuan Wang 5 will move to the Indian Ocean for other research, such as tracking space and monitoring satellite operations.

In a letter to which CNN-News18 has access, the Sri Lankan authorities have requested that the ship’s arrival be postponed “until further consultation”.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka takes this opportunity to extend the assurance of its highest consideration to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Colombo,” it added.

The ship in question should arrive at the port of Hambantota on August 11 and remain there until August 17.  Sri Lanka has received a request for fuel and other supplies during the stay.  (News18)
The ship in question should arrive at the port of Hambantota on August 11 and remain there until August 17. Sri Lanka has received a request for fuel and other supplies during the stay. (News18)

Sources in the Indian government have welcomed Sri Lanka’s move and said China should honor the sovereignty of other countries.

CNN-News18 had previously reported that there was a good chance the ship could be equipped with high-tech listening devices to look deep into Indian territory.

Indian naval bases on the east coast and ISRO launch stations in Chandipur are all vulnerable in the presence of such a vessel, she added.

According to sources, China has precisely timed this activity to take advantage of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis to ensure that Lankan ports become Chinese naval bases for later use by the PLA. The Chinese are currently embarrassing the Lankans to spy on India in particular, she added.

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