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Yuan Wang 5

Yuan Wang 5:

China’s satellite tracking vessel Yuan Wang 5 has arrived at Sri Lanka’s southern Hambantota Port, despite India and the U.S. voicing concern with Colombo over the military ship’s visit.

  • Yuan Wang 5 is a third-generation vessel of the Yuan Wang series that entered service in 2007.
  • This series of ships include “space tracking ships involved in supporting the manned space programme”.
  • It has the ability to track satellites and intercontinental missiles.
  • Hambantota International Port Group is a Public Private Partnership and a Strategic Development Project between the Government of Sri Lanka and China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort).
  • This port was given to China by Sri Lanka on a 99-year lease after Sri Lanka failed to repay Chinese loans.
  • It is seen as a case of Chinese “debt trap” Diplomacy.