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Chinese ship remains anchored in Sri Lanka, increasing bitterness between New Delhi and Beijing
August 29, 2022
After the alleged Chinese spy ship ‘Yuan Wang Five’ anchored at the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka, the bitterness between India and China has apparently increased and now the rhetoric in this regard continues in both countries. New Delhi had opposed the Chinese ship’s anchoring at the Hambantota port, terming it a threat to India’s security. On which Sri Lanka asked not to send ships from China. But then he allowed the Chinese ship to anchor at the port from August 16 to 22 .A new twist in the controversy arose from an article written by the Chinese ambassador to Sri Lanka, Qiu Xinhang, for the website of the Chinese embassy in Colombo, which was also published by a local Sri Lankan newspaper, Sri Lanka Gajin.In the article, the Chinese ambassador accused India of interfering in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs and said that Sri Lanka needs support and not conflicts created by any other country.The Chinese ambassador referred to the history of the ‘Northern Neighbor’s Aggression’ in his article titled ‘From One China Policy to Yuen Wang Five’. He further said that let us unite and fully protect our independence, freedom and territorial integrity.
India reacted strongly to this on Saturday evening and called it a violation of diplomatic ethics. He also said that the debt relief agenda is a major challenge for small countries. Accordingly, there is a need to learn lessons from recent events.
The Indian embassy in Colombo, in its strong response, also said that the Chinese ambassador’s violation of basic diplomatic etiquette could be his personal opinion or a reflection of a larger national attitude. It is also possible that his view of Sri Lanka’s ‘Northern Neighbour’ is a reflection of his own country’s attitude.
It should be remembered that India’s opposition to the arrival of the Chinese ship was described by China as India’s pressure on Sri Lanka. On which India said that Sri Lanka is a free and independent country and it takes its own independent decisions.
After India’s opposition, Sri Lanka allowed the Chinese ship to anchor on the condition that the Chinese ship would not conduct any research work under the waters in Sri Lanka.
It should be noted that in the Indian media, the Chinese ship was described as a spy ship, while China said that it is a research and survey ship. However, observers from New Delhi also called it a spy ship.
According to the US Department of Defense Pentagon, the plane, which comes under the ‘Yuan Wang Five’ series, is equipped with top-of-the-line antennas and electronic equipment that can track missiles and rockets while also assisting in their launch. According to experts, the ship can monitor up to 750 km, which means that India’s strategic activities on the east coast will be in its sights.
New Delhi believes that the ship has threatened India’s Kodankolam and Kalpakkam nuclear facilities, while the security of Chennai and Thoothukudi ports have also been threatened.
Senior International Affairs Analyst Asad Mirza says that the rhetoric that has started between the two countries is nothing new. This matter was going on for the last one month. According to him, China’s role in Sri Lanka’s current economic situation cannot be ignored.
It should be noted that China has leased Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port for 99 years for $90 million. Now he owns it. He has also created it. But since that port is in Sri Lanka, China needs Sri Lanka’s permission to send any military ships to that port.
He said that ‘You On Wang Five’ is not a military ship, but it is called a tracking ship. A tracking ship is one that peeps (apparently spying) into an undersea cable and analyzes the messages sent by the cable.
According to him, data is transmitted between different countries with the help of cables laid under the sea. Many countries try to access data from other countries through cables. The purpose of this is to see that no data is going against our country through these cables.
He said that India was worried about this ship that its nuclear facilities would come under its attack and China could analyze them. India was concerned that since this aircraft has the capability of monitoring up to 750 km, within this radius the nuclear installations at Kalpakkam, the Southern Naval
Headquarters at Kochi and the second naval installation at Kodankolam and the six commercial ones in
South India were feared. There are forces, they were all coming under him.According to Asad Mirza, India’s assistance to Sri Lanka during the recent economic crisis has displeased China. He wants to maintain his supremacy over Sri Lanka.According to him, the Chinese ambassador deliberately wrote the said article so that the talks to be held next month between India and China to resolve the border dispute would fail. Sixteen rounds of negotiations have been held between the two countries. The seventeenth round of negotiations is scheduled to be held soon. He says that China does not want India to have any success in the next round of negotiations.According to analysts, this is not the first incident of rhetoric between the two countries. India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a statement on August 21 alleged that China is not honoring border agreements with India, which has affected relations between the two countries.
He made this statement in Sao Paulo, Brazil during his six-day visit to South Africa. Referring to the incident in Galwan valley, he said that the issue has not been resolved yet and it is affecting mutual relations.
He also said that there are reports of several constructions by China near the Indian border. This means that sixteen rounds of negotiations between the two countries have not yielded any concrete results.
China rejected Jaishankar’s allegation. According to Chinese state media Global Times, India, not China, did not respect the agreements and crossed the border. He also accused India of illegally occupying Chinese land. The newspaper also said that S. Jaishankar’s statement could damage the trust between the two countries.