As Modi lands in Colombo, Lanka says no to China sub­ma­rine visit

The Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE - SHIHAR ANEEZ & RANGA SIRILAL

SRI LANKA has re­jected China’s re­quest to dock one of its sub­marines in Colombo this month, two se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said on Thurs­day as the In­dian prime min­is­ter landed in the is­land na­tion.

Sri Lanka last al­lowed a Chi­nese sub­ma­rine to dock in the cap­i­tal of Colombo in Oc­to­ber 2014, a move that trig­gered fierce op­po­si­tion from In­dia, which wor­ries about grow­ing Chi­nese ac­tiv­ity in a coun­try it has long viewed as part of its area of in­flu­ence.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi ar­rived in Sri Lanka on Thurs­day for a two-day of­fi­cial visit.

A se­nior Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said China’s re­quest to dock one of its sub­marines in Colombo this month had been re­jected. He said Sri Lanka was “un­likely” to agree to China’s re­quest to dock the sub­ma­rine at any time, given In­dia’s con­cerns. The of­fi­cial asked not to be

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Modi, Ranil Wick­remesinghe at Colombo air­port .

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