Workers wave the Chinese and Sri Lankan national flags as the Yuan Wang 5 docks at Hambantota port on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
Workers wave the Chinese and Sri Lankan national flags as the Yuan Wang 5 docks at Hambantota port on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
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Why did Chinese ship Yuan Wang 5 spark a diplomatic scuffle?

  • Sri Lanka has allowed it to dock at its Hambantota port despite objections from India
  • The vessel tracks rocket and spacecraft launches, but foreign media have called it a ‘spy ship’

Workers wave the Chinese and Sri Lankan national flags as the Yuan Wang 5 docks at Hambantota port on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
Workers wave the Chinese and Sri Lankan national flags as the Yuan Wang 5 docks at Hambantota port on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
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