Southeast Asia: India and China disagree on shipping policy

Southeast Asia


What a single ship reveals about India-China relations

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“Yuan Wang 5” arrives at the port of Hambantota. India is concerned that espionage is taking place from the ship.

(Photo: Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP)

The Chinese “Yuan Wang 5” was only allowed to enter a port in Sri Lanka after weeks of diplomatic wrangling between Delhi, Colombo and Beijing. A lesson on the current changes in world politics.


David Pfeifer, Bangkok

Sometimes great connections can be told particularly well in a nutshell. that Yuan Wang 5 around is bigger than a nut, but in the end it’s just a ship. Nevertheless, the complexity of current geopolitics can be well demonstrated with it.

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