Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said Sri LankaAs a sovereign country, makes its own independent decisions and noted that India will make its own decisions on its own security concerns based on the prevailing situation in the region, particularly in the border areas, with an indirect reference to the Eastern Ladakh Line. is seen as.
The Chinese ballistic missile and satellite tracking ship Yuan Wang 5 was to dock at Hambantota port from August 11 to 17, but Sri Lankan reports said it did not go as planned.
When asked about the issue at a media briefing, Bagchi said, “We reject the objections in the statement about India. Sri Lanka is a sovereign country and takes its own independent decisions.”
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday that it is “foolish” to pressurize Sri Lanka to stop the ship’s visit to Hambantota, in an indirect reference to India.
Bagchi said, “With regard to our security concerns, it is the sovereign right of every country. We will take the best decision in our own interest. This naturally takes into account the prevailing situation in our region, especially in the border areas. ”
The Harbor Master of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said that the ship did not reach the port of Hambantota as planned.
There were apprehensions in New Delhi about the possibility that the ship’s tracking systems were attempting to spy on Indian installations en route to the Sri Lankan port.
“As far as India-China relations are concerned, we have consistently emphasized the need for mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interests as the basis for the development of relations,” Bagchi said.
On India’s relations with Sri Lanka, Bagchi said New Delhi fully supports the island nation’s democracy, stability and economic recovery.
“As far as India-Sri Lanka relations are concerned, you know the importance of Sri Lanka in our Neighborhood First policy,” he said.
“India has provided unprecedented support of over USD 3.8 billion this year to improve the dire economic situation in Sri Lanka. India also fully supports its democracy, stability and economic recovery,” Bagchi said.
Relations between India and Sri Lanka were strained in 2014 after Colombo allowed a Chinese nuclear-powered submarine to dock in one of its ports.
India is understood to have conveyed its concerns to Sri Lanka over the planned visit of the Chinese vessel to the Hambantota port.