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China’s Maritime Research Has Military Role: Report

China's Yuan Wang 5, a controversial Chinese tracking vessel making a port call at Hambantota port in Sri Lanka on Aug. 16, 2022. The Yomiuri Shimbun via AFP

The government of Sri Lanka announced in early January that it is imposing a one-year ban on Chinese research vessels docking at its ports. Last year, Colombo got into a spat with India about allowing a Chinese ship to dock amid Indian fears about military surveillance.

Now a new report from the American think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies claims that ocean bed research undertaken by Chinese vessels has a military function.

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