China is requested by Sri Lanka to postpone the espionage ship Yuan Wang 5's visit to Hambantota.

Sri Lanka requested that China delay arrival of the ship Yuan Wang 5 at Hambantota until further talks are held on this issue . The survey vessel left Jiangyin, China, on July 13 and is now sailing close to Taiwan, where China is conducting live-fire drills .

Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested that China delay the arrival date of the satellite tracker military ship Yuan Wang 5 at Hambantota until further talks are held on this issue, read the MoFA letter sent to the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China of Sri Lanka on August 11.After replenishment, it is scheduled to depart on August 17.Yuan Wang 5 was built in 2007 and has a carrying capacity of 11,000 tonnes, according to Y Ranaraja, Director, Belt & Road Initiative Sri Lanka (BRISL).The survey vessel left Jiangyin, China, on July 13 and is now sailing close to Taiwan, where China is conducting live-fire drills as part of Taipei's aggressive stand for inviting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit the self-ruled island.

The Sri Lankan government had to pay the debt to China, so the port was given to the Chinese on a 99-year lease, noting that India had raised concerns about the docking of the vessel at Hambantota because it was shown as a testing vessel while the spy ship can map the ocean bed, which is vital to the Chinese Navy's anti-submarine activities.Sri Lanka has been dealing with an escalating economic crisis since the start of 2022, and the government has defaulted on foreign loans.The United Nations warned that 5.7 million people in Sri Lanka need urgent humanitarian assistance.In March, peaceful demonstrations began.

In a written reply to a question put by DMK Lok Sabha MP S Ramalingam, India recently extended 8 Lines of Credit (LOCs) to Sri Lanka amounting to USD 1,850.64 million in the last ten years, according to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar of the Department of External Affairs.In January 2022, India extended a USD 400 million currency swap to Sri Lanka, and deferred subsequent Asian Clearing Union (A.C.U.According to the minister, a Line of Credit worth USD 500 million was extended to Sri Lanka for importing fuel from India.In the last two months, the government and the Indian population have contributed more than 25 tons of medications and medical supplies worth nearly SLR 370 million.This is in addition to the government of India's ongoing support to Sri Lankan people in the form of financial assistance, forex assistance, material supply, and many more.

India is becoming a stronger and more mutually beneficial partner to Sri Lanka.India is also providing basic services to the island nation, in addition to providing assistance during the pandemic and fertilizer shortages.