Can Chinese ship snoop on India from Sri Lanka port? India raises concerns

New DelhiEdited By: Manas JoshiUpdated: Aug 01, 2022, 07:18 PM IST

Yuan Wang 5 Photograph:(WION)

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Chinese foray in northern Indian Ocean, the traditional influence zone of Indian Navy is a matter of concern for India

As Chinese naval vessel Yuan Wang 5 continues its journey to Sri Lanka's Hamabantota port. India has raised its concerns with Sri Lanka. The Chinese ship is expected to reach the Sri Lankan port in mid-August and has New Delhi worrying that it may snoop on Indian ports and nuiclear plants in southern India. 

"Government carefully monitors any development having a bearing on India's security and economic infrastructure and takes all necessary measures to safeguard them. I think that should be a clear message," said Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson for Ministry of External Affairs.

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Northern reaches of Indian Ocean are traditionally considered within the influence zone of India and Indian Navy has a regular presence in these waters where some of the important global trade sea lanes are present. Chinese foray here is hence a topic of concern for India.

Yuan Wang 5, the Chinese vessel is said to have lethal capabilities. It can track satellites and military installations. It is a 3rd generation tracking ship of Yuan Wang series and has aerial range of 750 kilometres.

This means that about six southern Indian ports and several nuclear plants are within obe=servational range of the ship even if it is docked in the port.

The port of Hambantota has been handed by Sri Lanka to China on a 99-year lease for commercial activities.

The Chinese ship is expected to be docked at Hambantota between August 11 and 17.

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