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Sri Lanka Relents to Indian Pressure and Requests China to Defer Military Ship’s Arrival

The Yuan Wang 5 was scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Sri Lanka said on Monday it had asked China to defer the planned visit of a Chinese ship to the island country after initially approving its arrival this week, yielding to diplomatic pressure from neighbor India to keep the military vessel out.

The Yuan Wang 5 was due to arrive on Thursday at the Chinese-built and leased Hambantota port in Sri Lanka’s south for five days for replenishment. It is currently sailing in the east Indian Ocean, according to Refinitiv Eikon. (REUTERS)

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