India has been keeping track of any development that may have a bearing on its interests, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said while responding to a question on a Chinese naval ship currently docked in Colombo port.
At a media briefing here today, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said, “I have seen reports of a Chinese ship there. I am not sure whether it is a warship or not. I will only say that having seen these reports, I would emphasise that the government carefully monitors any development having a bearing on India’s security interests and takes all necessary measures to defend them.”
Sri Lanka is open to allowing warships from navies to dock at its ports. For instance, in July it permitted the docking of naval ships from France, Japan and India.
The Chinese Navy warship has been docked at Colombo port since August 10, and as per media reports, its arrival was delayed by the Sri Lankan Navy after concerns were raised by New Delhi.
Source : Tribune India