Sri Lanka permits China’s space-tracking vessel to land at Chinese-run port
21 August 2022 | 7:42 am
Sri Lanka has granted permission for the Chinese space-tracking vessel Yuan Wang 5 to dock at a port that China runs. The Hambantota port is the southernmost in Sri Lanka and has raised the concern of India.
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