Govt rejects request made to dock Chinese Submarine in Colombo Harbour

Govt rejects request made to dock Chinese Submarine in Colombo Harbour

Govt rejects request made to dock Chinese Submarine in Colombo Harbour

Written by Bella Dalima

12 May, 2017 | 9:27 pm

Reuters, quoting two senior government officials, has reported  that Sri Lanka has rejected China’s request to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month.

Sri Lanka last allowed a Chinese submarine to dock in Colombo in October 2014, a move that triggered fierce opposition from its northern neighbour India, which worries about growing Chinese activity in a country it has long viewed as part of its area of influence.

Reuters reports that a senior government official said Sri Lanka was “unlikely” to agree to China’s request to dock the submarine at any time, given India’s concerns.

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