China keeps mum over Sri Lanka rejecting submarine docking

The Chinese Foreign Ministry today parried questions on reports that Sri Lanka has rejected China’s request for its submarine to dock at Colombo next week after a similar visit in 2014 triggered a strong protest from India, the Press Trust of India reported.

“I have just read the relevant information. I suggest you raise it with the defence ministry for more details,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said when asked whether China has expressed dissatisfaction to Sri Lanka for refusing to let its submarines to dock in Colombo port.

The remarks came as China gets ready to host Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wicikramasinghe for the high-profile silk road summit on May 14-15. “What I can tell you is that China and Sri Lanka enjoy traditional friendship. The two sides maintain sound cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, culture and military to military exchanges,” Geng said.

China has made about USD eight billion investments in Sri Lanka in the last few years, specially in port projects like Hambantota and Colombo ports. It continues to pressure the island nation for docking its submarines despite assertion by Sirisena government that it will not permit them due to concerns from India.

India has expressed concern over the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government for permitting a Chinese submarine in Colombo harbour in 2014. China’s request to dock its submarines coincided with the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Colombo.

China says it wants docking facilities for its submarines to take part in the anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. In February this year, Sri Lankan Ambassador to China Karunasena Kodituwakku told the media here that Colombo will not permit any military activity by China in any of its ports including Hambantota where a Chinese firm plans to acquire 80 percent in view of India s concerns.

However, China is happy that Wickaramansinghe has consented to take part in its Belt&Road Forum. Significantly, Wickaramansinghe and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are the only two top leaders from South Asia to attend the conference in which India is yet to confirm its participation owing to its objections to the USD 46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The other South Asian countries would be represented by either ministerial and official level delegation. China is yet to release the list of delegates participating in the event. During his visit, Wickramasinge is expected to finalise the Hambantota Port deal as well as a Chinese free trade zone in the area which were stalled by public protests.

Saddled with heavy Chinese loans, Sri Lanka offered to lease 80 per cent of the loss making Hambantota port for 99 years lease. The two sides are also expected to finalise Free Trade Agreement. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. Asian remain in uneven development of colonial rule of by many western nation after their capitalist renaissance since 1453?

    New world of cells of Capitalism has an advance world capitalism in about two centuries in many European nations . Later that development change shifted into Imperialism-stage by colonialized, that dozens of countries of Asian and Africans by West and USA.

    The divvied the nation and countries of the Globe has led to TWO WORLD Wars by hegemony power of advance capitalist countries .( 1914-18 and 1939 -1945)

    Ruins of ashes of war footing politics of that Currently USA led forces has dominated Global Economy-Politics of “Democracy” of Capitalism.

    Since 1945 the Rich nation of few rule by Global politics economic ,military power ,technology, science ,space and Capital -Market as well as Global Trade control by USA led power of Financial market..

    That is about the reality of Global power of nation? By USA.

    In fact Asian countries are at the stage of emerging ,but her Economy and Capital & Trade market still depended on USA, West and Japan.

    Time want to shifted new ERA by evolutionary and Revolutionary process is way changing by law of governing rules to some extent by accepts old world order since 1945.

    That the New forces demand that we have be patience, is not that system of anarchism by creating new World by WAR has outdated unlike last Two World Wars lunch by Imperials’ of hegemonies of reckless by governing of World has an unsuited in 21 century.

    The Asian nations are still under hegemony of US led leadership of by Global capitalism.

    Yes new world order has to be emerged , but that New Civilization of many nation in lineup for more older than Western —-Greeks and Roman . civilizations.

    Unity of Asian nation still in an initial stage ,it will demand and asked more time permitted by history.

  2. China is the only country has the ability to lead Asia and the world. Indian Subcontinent must accept this reality.

    I have done two researches to understand about the West and Asia for centuries. The billions of Asians are divided, and they don’t have a protocol to unite Asia to move forward. Chinese have their own ideas, so do Indians and Japanese. I have been researching about the Asian politics in depth. I have been living in Asia since May 2014. I have also traveled extensively in Asia. I am learning a lot about the status of Asia; and it has been an eye-opening experience. I have found that the Asians are divided more than I have imagined.

    The Asians don’t trust each other that easily; this is a huge advantage for the West. It will keep the West one step above the Asians.And it will continue to help the West to keep the billions of Asians under them; unless we do something about it. I believe that China is the only country has the ability to lead Asia. India must accept this reality. The Indian Subcontinent was ruled and divided for 2000 years; it has been divided by caste, religion and language. Even Modi gets 10 lives through reincarnation he can’t unite Indian Subcontinent.

    Asian countries are the biggest weapon buyers in the World. This is a clear indication where the Asia is heading. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIRP) the region of Asia has the highest percentage of volume of weapon imports.

    India tops the list for the biggest weapon buyer in the world. China was the biggest weapon buyer in the world until its import fell and placed second to India. The communist country procured several new locally produced weapon systems such as the first Chinese aircraft carrier and the Chinese mass-produced combat air-crafts J10 and J11. The production of its own weapon systems only shows that China is decreasing its dependence on arms imports. India’s neighbour, Pakistan, is the third biggest arms importer ordering substantial numbers of combat aircrafts, submarines and frigates from China and the US.

    Followed by South Korea accounted for 5% of global arms imports; however, it doesn’t include nuclear and chemical weapons or other WMD. And Singapore is the fifth largest weapons buyer, accounting for 4% of global arms imports. The Western Countries have similar culture and almost the same religion; but the West had gone through the First and the Second World Wars. How Asia is going to unite and prosper with our current leaders who do not have the ability understand the value of unity?

    The West is extremely powerful and constantly dividing the other parts of the world to keep its power. It is very obvious to me that the communists, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists do not have the ability to avoid a disaster in Asia, unless we educate them. Most of the people in the Asian countries are relatively poor. However, in few decades the Asian countries middle-class families will be doubled; and they will be rich and powerful enough to prove something to each other by declaring wars on other Asian countries. A disaster is waiting to happen in Asia. Therefore, we must create an awareness, in order to bring unity among the Asian countries.

    An organisation must play an important role to unite Asia. Similar to the European Union, but lesser features focusing only connecting people to people, especially connecting young generations throughout Asia. Unfortunately, the Asian leaders are not addressing this important issue in Asia. Politically speaking, Asians aren’t informed about the current reality. We need super awakening in Asia. Therefore, young Asians must bring a positive change in Asia. The young Asians have two choices. They can make a history; or ignore the current reality and let history repeat itself.

    Remember, China, India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons. A nuclear war will have a lifelong devastating impact on Asia. The West is desperate to continue to rule the world. Without a doubt the West has developed its knowledge and playing its game accordingly; but the leaders in the developing countries are not catching up. The Great Britain’s population was only five million when the British ruled the world. After the collapse of the Roman Empire the knowledgeable people from the Roman Empire moved to Great Britain and helped the British to conquer the world. Those people were desired for knowledge so they could rule the world.

    We have billions of people in Asia, still desire to have more children, but not the knowledge. This has to change, we must desire for knowledge. The Indian Subcontinent has two billion people. Why the Indian Subcontinent needs this much population? What is the point? The South Asian leaders must think differently. Otherwise we will continue to be merely just the majority in numbers; this won’t help us to dominate Asia or the world. Australasia is close to Asia, but the Westerners are ruling it; our own region is still dominate by the West. This has to change. We must work together. Fighting among ourselves will only keep the West on top. Can the Asians maintain peace in Asia, if the US withdraws its defense forces from Japan and South Korea? This is a very serious question, the Asian leaders must think and move forward to answer it.

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