Chinese ship set to dock in Sri Lanka

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Chinese ship set to dock in Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence has confirmed that Chinese vessel sought clearance to call at southern Hambantota Port in August.

Key Highlights

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  • Vessel will be in Hambantota mainly for replenishment, including fuel.
  • There were reports of the vessel involved in space and satellite tracking.
  • Sri Lanka said such vessels came periodically from various countries such as India, China, Japan and Australia.
  • Analysts are closely watching the development, given the past tensions between Sri Lanka and India especially after SL allowed a Chinese nuclear-powered submarine to dock at its port in 2014.

Prelims take away

  • Location based question
  • Nuclear-powered submarine