Chinese spy ship ‘Yuan Wang 5’ out of Indian Ocean region: Navy sources
Chinese Spy Ship Yang Wang 5: The stoppage of China’s spy ship ‘Yuan Wang 5’ at Hambantota port in August created a diplomatic dispute between India and Sri Lanka. Open-source intelligence expert Damien Simon tweeted on December 5 that China’s missile and satellite surveillance ship ‘Yuan Wang 5’ has entered the Indian Ocean region.
The Chinese spy ship was last seen in the Sunda Strait of Indonesia before the Indian Ocean. (file photo)
New Delhi. China’s spy ship ‘Yuan Wang 5’ equipped with various surveillance equipment, which entered the Indian Ocean region a few days ago, has now left the area. The Indian Navy was continuously monitoring the ship through multiple means including its long-range surveillance drones and maritime patrol aircraft. News agency ANI gave this information on Tuesday quoting Navy sources.
On December 6, sources told that China’s spy ship ‘Yuan Wang 5’ has entered the Indian Ocean region, since then the Indian Navy was monitoring the movement of Chinese ships capable of ballistic missiles and satellite surveillance. The ship’s stoppage at the Hambantota port in August triggered a diplomatic row between India and Sri Lanka.
The Hambantota port located in the deep sea in the south is considered very important from the strategic point of view regarding its location. This port was developed largely with Chinese loans. Open-source intelligence expert Damian Simon tweeted on December 5 that China’s missile and satellite surveillance ship ‘Yuan Wang 5’ has entered the Indian Ocean region.
According to experts, the Chinese ship was last seen in the Sunda Strait of Indonesia. The Chinese ship’s visit to the Indian Ocean comes amid concerns over increasing activities in the region by Chinese military and research vessels. India is strengthening defense and security ties with like-minded countries in the Indian Ocean in the backdrop of concerns over China’s growing activities in the region.