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Sri Lanka Allows China Research Ship to Dock After India Concern

  • Yuan Wang 5 cleared to dock at Hambantota port Aug. 16 to 22
  • Government previously deferred a request by Chinese embassy

Sri Lanka defended its decision to allow a Chinese scientific research ship to call at its shores after deferring an earlier request amid concerns raised by India and the US over such a move.

The Yuan Wang 5 was cleared to dock at Hambantota port from Aug. 16 to 22 after the government “engaged in extensive consultations at a high level through diplomatic channels with all parties concerned,” including seeking “further information and material,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Saturday.