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Navy monitoring movement of Chinese research vessel in Indian Ocean region, say defence sources | India News


NEW DELHI: The Navy has been closely monitoring the movements of a Chinese research vessel since it entered Indian Ocean defense sources said on Friday. This development comes just days before a planned Indian missile test.
In August, a similar Chinese high-tech vessel – a satellite and ballistic missile tracker called ‘Yuan Wang 5′ – docked in Sri Lanka’s port of Hambantota in six days.

The move of the latest ship in the Indian Ocean region comes at a time when it is believed that India has issued a Notice to aviation personnel, announcing its intention to conduct a missile test. Missiles can be fired from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha between 10 and 11 November
One report said China may be using the newest ship to monitor the missile test and gather vital information about its capabilities such as trajectory, speed, range and accuracy.
New Delhi doubts Beijing’s growing presence in the Indian Ocean and influence in Sri Lanka.

India has expressed concern to Sri Lanka about allowing refueling of Chinese military vessels from the Chinese-chartered Hambantota seaport.
New Delhi has asked Sri Lanka to come up with transparent SOPs for the refueling and docking of ships and not allow Chinese military vessels to dock or refuel at their ports.
(With input from agencies)

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