India has slammed the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka for making some adverse comments against New Delhi over the docking of China’s spy ship at Hambantota port. India had objected to the docking of the Chinese spy ship – Yuan Wang 5 – at the Sri Lankan port citing security concerns. However, Colombo allowed it with certain conditions.
Indian High Commission in Colombo issued a hard-hitting statement yesterday saying the Chinese Ambassador’s “violation of basic diplomatic etiquette may be a personal trait or reflecting a larger national attitude”. The statement said the Chinese Ambassador’s view of Sri Lanka’s northern neighbour may be coloured by how his own country behaves but India is very different.
Indian High Commission said opaqueness and debt-driven agendas are now a major challenge, especially for smaller nations. Recent developments are a caution. Sri Lanka needs support, not unwanted pressure or unnecessary controversies to serve another country’s agenda,” Indian High Commission added.