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Controversial Chinese ship Yuan Wang 5 in Hambantota only for refueling and other facilities - Minister

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Under no circumstances would Sri Lanka act detrimental to the interests of India or China as both nations have been Sri Lanka’s friends-in-need and have stood alongside Sri Lanka at all times, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said.  

He said that the purpose of the Chinese research vessel Yuan Wang 5 which is expected to berth at the Hambantota International Port on the 11th of August was refueling and replenishing of other facilities and provisions.  

“The ship or members of its crew will not involve in any internal affairs or business in Sri Lanka. China and India have always helped Sri Lanka domestically and in the international forums as true friends. Therefore, Sri Lanka would not do anything to harm the good understanding and trust existing between the two countries for millennia,” Minister Gunawardana stressed. 

Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, has briefed both countries at diplomatic levels about the situation that has developed with the intended sailing of the research ship Yuan Wang 5 to Hambantota, he added. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)


  Comments - 20

  • Gamaya Saturday, 06 August 2022 10:08 AM

    Bandula is just talking because he is totally ignorant about the modern, advanced, high tech fixtures the Vessel is equipped with.

    Menon Saturday, 06 August 2022 10:08 AM

    Creepy fellows eating Indian food and back stabbing... you will all suffer for life long... without food and electricity... Go to hell...with your Ranil Rajapaksha and MR and family... you guys are good only with these sort of fellows... its a pity you guys have no brains...

    European Saturday, 06 August 2022 10:22 AM

    Putin said to the world before he invaded sovereign Ukraine that the Russian army was only performing military exercises.

    Menon Saturday, 06 August 2022 10:23 AM

    Jakass Minister Bandula Gunawardana you are the biggest fraud you eat the full sumruti fund met for the poor people......when Chandrika was the Pm or president i was working in Colombo that time........ and from where is your fuel from...you can tell your Sri Lankan citizens this story, we are not dumps sitting here in India. If Daiy Mirror have guts add this comment.

    Punchi Saturday, 06 August 2022 10:46 AM

    This ship is bristling with surveillance equipment, there is no other technically justified operational requirement to be in Hambantota other to test and operate its surveillance equipment on Indian military and civilian communications and assets.

    D P P Prasad Saturday, 06 August 2022 10:48 AM

    All the politicians should understand that Srilanka was encountering difficulties during last few months.India was the only country which helped to mitigate the fuel issue , medicinal drug and some other essential food items. Therefore the present government should strengthen the diplomatic ties with India not with China

    European Saturday, 06 August 2022 10:56 AM

    Don't you all feel completely humiliated by this statement proud Sri Lankans? Do they think you are really that ignorant and gullible? Russia said that they were only performing military excercises near the Donbass border before they invaded sovereign Ukraine.

    Sambo Saturday, 06 August 2022 11:12 AM

    So does it take seven days for re fueling. You may take this as a reason but India wont.

    Ram Saturday, 06 August 2022 11:17 AM

    Is the Minister trying to hoodwink all of us. When we do not have fuel for our consumption and when the aircrafts are going India for refuelling what refuelling for ships. Minister is a bloody joker

    Radha Krishnan Saturday, 06 August 2022 11:48 AM

    Is there enough fuel or food for Sri Lankans? May be the Chinese should look for another port of call, Cochin?

    Mike Revere Saturday, 06 August 2022 12:14 PM

    With our fuel shortage how can ships refuel

    China with love Saturday, 06 August 2022 12:43 PM

    A great assurance to India but Bandulla doesn't know what Chinese can do.

    Dr Balasuriya Saturday, 06 August 2022 01:03 PM

    Sri Lankan Politicians are cowards !!!! India has no business to dictate to us as to who can and can’t visit our country. We can’t go on living under Indian threat forever, if it continues like this then we have no option other than asking the Chinese to set up a military base in Sri Lanka.

    Sathish Sunday, 07 August 2022 08:05 PM

    Really...if India wanted to stop you, we have other means. We respect your sovereignty, thats why we treat you as friend. But, it looks like your country want our money, and does not care about our security. Does daily mirror have the guts to publish this comment

    Anne Karunaratne Saturday, 06 August 2022 01:45 PM

    How can India interfere in the legitimate rights of other countries? This seems like a complete violation of our sovereignty.

    What is the concern? Saturday, 06 August 2022 02:11 PM

    China is a true friend of Sri Lanka and they have always helped us even when we were facing international pressure. India is a stooge of the west and we must choose our friends accordingly.

    Justice of Peace Saturday, 06 August 2022 02:25 PM

    We don’t have oil. How can it refuel ? SL government can fool all the people sometime, some people all the time but not all the people all the time.

    umas Sunday, 07 August 2022 05:26 PM

    if it wants land the government need 5 billion us dollars

    emily Sunday, 07 August 2022 05:29 PM

    we dont have oil same as mahinda saying gota went to singapore for medical treatment

    Fuel Hypocrisy Sunday, 07 August 2022 06:08 PM

    If there is enough fuel to refuel military vessels, there should be ample stocks of fuel to meet your local needs.


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