New Delhi: Amidst the ongoing political-economic crisis in Sri Lanka, China has sent its strongest spy ship Yuan Wang-5 to the Chinese port located in Hambantota. It is expected to reach the port on August 11 or 12. This move by China has increased India’s security concerns. In such a situation, India has kept a close watch on its arrival.
What is the power of Yuan Wang-5 ship?
China’s Yuan Wang-5 ship is equipped with high-capacity technology to track ballistic missiles and satellites. It houses a large parabolic tracking antenna and a variety of sensors. Its operation requires a crew of more than 400.
In such a situation, if China deploys this ship in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka, then it can get many information related to India through the technology in it.
India’s missile tests will be easier to monitor
According to NDTV , if China deploys this ship in parts of the Indian Ocean, it may be able to monitor India ‘s missile tests from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.
Through this, China can also be successful in tracking Indian ballistic missile tests and breaking them by getting information about the performance and precise capability of missiles. This can be a threat to India’s security.
These are also the main reasons for India’s concern
China built this ship in 2007. It spans 222 meters and has a width of 25.2 meters. China can also conduct missile tests on this ship and can keep an eye on it up to a distance of 750 km.
In such a situation, China can gather vital information on military installations by tracking the ports of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh along with spying on Kalpakkam, Koodankulam and nuclear research centers within Indian borders .
Sri Lanka said to allow the ship to enter
Sri Lanka ‘s Defense Ministry spokesman Col Nalin Herath said that China has reported sending its ship for surveillance and navigation in the Indian Ocean. He will allow the ship to dock, as it is a non-nuclear platform.
He said he knew India’s concerns. The ship is capable of monitoring military installations, but this is a routine exercise and after that it will sail again.
India took vigil on the ship
With the departure of China’s ship, India has also started monitoring it by being cautious. India has made it clear that it will closely monitor any impact on the country’s security and economic interests and take all necessary measures to protect them.
Yuan Wang-5 is expected to escape the busy Strait of Malacca and enter the Indian Ocean through other Indonesian straits.
India doubts the growing influence of China in Sri Lanka
India also remains suspicious of the growing influence of China in Sri Lanka. This is because it has to pay a $1.4 billion loan to Beijing for infrastructure projects, including the Hambantota port.
Sri Lanka granted a 99-year lease to a Chinese company in 2017 at a port located along the main east-west international shipping lanes after being unable to repay the loan. In such a situation, China can think of taking advantage of this.
Chinese submarine reached Hambantota port in 2014
Y Ranaraja, director of China’s Belt and Road Project in Sri Lanka, said that this Chinese ship will conduct satellite control and research monitoring in the northwestern part of the Indian Ocean. And will return on August 17th.
Let us tell you that in the year 2014 also a Chinese submarine had reached Hambantota port, on which India had reacted very strongly and raised the whole matter at the top level. After that it never happened again.