India is expressing doubts about the increasing influence of China in the Indian Ocean and Sri Lanka. India is concerned that China is doing this in countries under its influence.
Actually the Chinese ship The Yuan Wang 5 was supposed to arrive at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port on August 11. But due to India’s objections, Sri Lanka advised China to postpone the ship’s visit indefinitely. Sri Lankan government sources say that although India has expressed its concerns to Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka has failed to give a satisfactory reply.
On August 12, the Chinese Embassy applied to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs for permission for the Yuan Wang 5 to arrive at the Hambantota port on August 16. On August 13, the embassy gave permission. It allowed the ship to stay at Hambantota port between August 16-22.
Sri Lanka leased the Hambantota port for 99 years for $1.12 billion. It is noteworthy that while the Chinese company spent 1.4 billion dollars for the construction of this port, Sri Lanka was leased to China for less than that. Sri Lankan sources said that the ship was about 1000 km away from Hambantota port on Friday night.