Chinese check and exploration vessel Shi Yan 6 is 500 km east of Chennai in the Bay of Bengal.
Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe is considering India’s request to not allow Chinese Survey and Research Vessel Shin Yan 6 to take over a common service scientific exploration with the islet nation’s public Submarine coffers Research and Development Agency( NARA) in Sri Lanka’s Exclusive Economic Zone between late October and November this time, people familiar with the matter said.
President Wickremesinghe response to the issue, raised by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during his meeting with the Sri Lankan head of state in Colombo on October 11, was indistinctive, the people added, asking not to be named. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Sabry was quoted by Sri Lanka’s The Island review on October 9 saying that his country had given authorization to the Chinese boat for docking at Colombo deep seaport in November. The same report quoted him as saying that Sri Lanka doesn’t want “ to get involved ” with “ big power contest going on ” between “ China, India and the US ”. Interestingly, a US cortege boat, USNS Brunswick docked in Colombo on Wednesday, and no dates have yet been blazoned for the visit of SHI YAN 6, the Chinese vessel.
The Chinese vessel is presently maintaining position 1000 km east of the China- controlled Hambantota harborage in the Island nation for the once two weeks. Carrying nearly 2000 tonnes of diesel, the boat has enough inventories to last for two further. The boat entered the Indian Ocean Region on September 23 and is presently maintaining position on the ninety degree crest of the Indian Ocean, which is south of the Bay of Bengal.
In July, after a visit by the Sri Lankan President, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was “ necessary ” the two countries worked “ together, keeping in mind each other’s security interests ”. The final decision on the boat, HT learns, may be taken by Wickremesinghe during his visit to Beijing to attend the BRI peak on October 17- 18 at the assignation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Over the once five times, Chinese vessels have been active in the Indian Ocean Region with the PLA Navy grows into a proper blue water cortege . The total number of vessels including warships, ballistic bullet trackers, check and exploration vessels recorded in 2019 were 29, grew to 39 in 2020, also 45 in 2021 and 43 in 2022. This time, till September 15, 28 Chinese vessels have been recorded in the region.
Indeed though Sri Lanka and China have dismissed New Delhi’s enterprises and passed off the chip’s visit as having to do with routine marine exploration, India’s public security itineraries are induced that the PLA is mapping the Indian Ocean bed to map out new ocean routes to the east and north seacoast of Africa as well as Indian Ocean Littoral States that bypass India altogether. This exploration is a precursor to Chinese strike forces patrolling the high swell in IOR as early as 2025, they believe.
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