Defence News: Sri Lanka refused China, permission to dock submarine at Colombo scheduled to arrive next week. China has taken it with a pinch of salt and stayed quite for now. This has been seen in India as a reaction to protests by India when a Chinese submarine docked in Colombo port in 2014. In part it may be also as a result of the economic stalemate issue of Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port
“I have just read the relevant information. I suggest you raise it with the defence ministry for more details,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said when asked whether China has expressed itself to Sri Lanka for refusal to dock Chinese submarine in Colombo port. “What I can tell you is that China and Sri Lanka enjoy traditional friendship. The two sides maintain sound cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, culture and military to military exchanges,” he said. China is getting ready to host Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wicikramasinghe regarding the silk road summit on May 14-15 by the way.
Wickaramansinghe and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are two top leaders from South Asia to attend the conference in which India has not confirmed its participation due to its objections to the USD 46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).