22 September, 2020

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China-Sri Lanka Space Cooperation Worries India’s National Security Council

By Colombo Telegraph

Concern is growing in Indian security establishments over increasing Chinese footprints in Sri Lanka’s strategic sectors,the Hindu reports.

According to the Hindu, the National Security Council Secretariat has called an inter-ministerial consultation next week to decide on “possible approaches” to protect “Indian interests” in its neighbourhood.

Rohitha Rajapaksa and engineers of SupremeSAT

The latest to cause alarm are reports of Chinese-Sri Lankan collaboration in the area of space, the newspaper reported.

A Sri Lankan firm, Supreme SAT (Pvt.) Ltd. is likely to launch its first communication satellite with Chinese help in 2015. In mid-2012, the National Security Adviser (NSA) had discussed this issue and the Department of Space was asked to “provide assessment of the security implications” on India due to Sri Lanka’s space programme.

Supreme SAT (Pvt.) Ltd. signed an agreement with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka in May 2012 to launch the telecommunication satellite at a cost of $320 million in partnership with China Great Wall Industry Corporation, a state-owned Chinese company. Subsequently, it was also decided to set up a space academy-cum satellite ground station at Kandy.

The inter-ministerial meeting under the leadership of Deputy NSA on March 25 would discuss the issue threadbare, the Hindu reported. 

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    Are the Chinese planning to send the Clan beyond heliosphere for their own safety?

    By the way it took Voyager 1 some thirty five years to cross the line.

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    As another fake scientist and satellite expert is leading this project, India need not worry. A family of fake lawyers, fake policemen cum legislators, fake bankers of 10% backhand, fake admiral/helicopter pilot, and a fake president according to SF. Fake Lanka under a fake regime and fake economy; wait and see what happens when all the debts were recalled.

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      Mahasohon

      What is real in this island?

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      But the white vans were real things isnt it. They are not fake

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    At a time when the Indo-Lanka relationship is at its lowest level, it was not prudent for the Rajapakse Government to partner with the Chinese to launch a satellite. In addition at a time Israel-Iran relationship is at its lowest level, allowing a fleet of battle ships to dock in Sri Lankan waters is another wrong move by the Rajapakse Government for two reasons. One, as we all know US is against the nuclear weapon development in Iran, and at a time when UN resolution was to be tabled by US Rajapakse Government should not further add fuel to the fire. Secondly, if a war irrupts, as Israel is eager to attack Iranian assets, the Iranian battle ships in Sri Lankan port can be destroyed and that could create massive damage to Sri Lankan civilians and assets. Timing is everything in today’s global political environment.

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    in Atmosphere Utmost The year of 2010 shoes.

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