China expects Sri Lanka to allow submarines on anti-piracy missions

Sri Lanka announced no repeats of previous visits.

China ‘expects Sri Lanka’ to allow submarines on anti-piracy missions

Ananth Krishnan

China on Monday made clear it expected the new Sri Lankan government to allow its submarines on “normal and transparent” anti-piracy missions to dock in the island nation, after Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Minister said the new Colombo government would not allow a repeat of last year’s visits by a Chinese submarine.

Speaking in Beijing after a two-day visit, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the new Colombo government would have a different approach than the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa administration, which reportedly worried India by allowing a Chinese submarine to dock in Colombo in mid-September – when Chinese President Xi Jinping was about to visit India – and again in October.

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Source: indiatoday.intoday.in

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