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Hydrographic survey ship of Chinese Navy in Lanka on goodwill visit

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

A hydrographic survey ship of the has arrived at the port of on a four-day goodwill visit, the said.

'Qian Weichang', the ship of the (PLAN), was ceremonially welcomed by the in accordance with the force's traditions upon its arrival yesterday.

During the ship's stay in the country, the crew will participate in events organised by the as well as visit places of tourist attraction in the island nation.

The 129-metre-long and 17-metre-wide vessel which has a displacement of 4,900 tonnes is manned by 158 officers and sailors.

The arrival of the Chinese naval ship assumes significance in the wake of the communist giant recently gaining control of the in Lanka, raising concerns that could use the harbour for purposes.

Several suggested that the deepwater port, which is near a main shipping route between and Europe, is likely to play a major role in China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The BRI, also known as the Silk Road Economic Belt, is a development strategy proposed by the which focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries.

The calls the initiative "a bid to enhance regional connectivity and embrace a brighter future". However, other nations see it as a push by to take a larger role in global affairs with a China-centred trading network.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 14:45 IST