The docking was previously postponed, with India and the US reportedly considering it a spy vessel A Sri Lankan port worker holds a Chinese national flag to welcome the Yuan Wang 5 to Hambantota International Port in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, August 16, 2022 © AP / Eranga Jayawardena

A Chinese naval research ship docked in a Beijing-built port in Sri Lanka on Tuesday, a week after its arrival was postponed, allegedly due to concerns raised by the US and India. While China describes the ship as conducting “marine scientific research,” Indian sources have called it a “dual-use spy vessel.”

The Yuan Wang 5 moored in the port of Hambantota and was welcomed by Sri Lankan and Chinese officials, the AP reported. Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, the port of Hambantota was built by Chinese contractors and leased to Beijing in 2017 when Sri Lanka could not repay its construction costs. (RT)