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Chinese ship leaves Sri Lanka after riling India, US

SpaceWar.com reports: “A Chinese research vessel accused by India and the United States of spying activities left Sri Lanka’s Chinese-run port of Hambantota on Monday after a week-long stay.

Colombo allowed the Yuan Wang 5 to visit the deep-sea port on the condition that it would not engage in research in Sri Lankan waters.

Both India and the US had raised security concerns over the ship’s visit to Sri Lanka, with New Delhi lodging a complaint — a move that delayed the visit by a week before Colombo announced a U-turn.

‘Our pilot is onboard and the ship is leaving port,’ a harbour official told AFP as the vessel was being guided out by tug boats…”

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