Hydrographic survey ship of Chinese Navy in Lanka on goodwill visit
During the ship's stay in the country, the crew will participate in events organized by the Lankan Navy as well as visit places of tourist attraction in the island nation.
The 129-meter-long and 17-meter-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 Hambantota port in Lanka, raising concerns that China could use the harbor for military purposes.
The BRI, also known as the Silk Road Economic Belt, is a development strategy proposed by the Chinese government which focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries.
The Chinese government calls the initiative "a bid to enhance regional connectivity and embrace a brighter future". However, other nations see it as a push by China to take a larger role in global affairs with a China-centred trading network.
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