Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the island nation last month after a huge crowd stormed his house, capping months of public anger over an unprecedented economic crisis.
Sri Lanka has referred to the Yuan Wang 5 as a “scientific research ship", but there are fears in India that the vessel could be used to surveil the region, with multiple media reports calling it a “dual-use spy ship".
The Yuan Wang 5 is described as a Chinese research and survey vessel by international shipping and analytics sites, but according to Indian media it is a dual-use spy ship.
Private Western creditors come under pressure to take a haircut as China and the Paris Club agree to sort out Zambia’s external debt crisis.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa flew into Singapore from the Maldives on July 14 after fleeing a deepening economic crisis and widespread protests in his home country, and tendered his resignation shortly after his arrival.
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai says the current Sri Lankan government supported Gotabaya Rajapaksa's trip to Thailand, adding that the former president's diplomatic passport would allow him to stay for 90 days.
New Delhi fears its bigger and more powerful rival China will use Sri Lanka's Hambantota port as a military base in India's backyard.
Sri Lanka's government is preparing a policy framework to be presented to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and international creditors, as it seeks a way out of its worst economic disaster.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe aims to form an "all-party government" to battle the economic crisis that led to months of lengthy blackouts and shortages of food, fuel and medicine in Sri Lanka.
Deal with International Monetary Fund pushed back to September due to protests that ousted Gotabaya Rajapaksa, says new President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The lender said the South Asian nation needed to adopt structural reforms that focus on economic stabilisation and tackle the root causes of its crisis.
Hundreds of armed troops have raided a protest camp outside the president's office in Colombo, drawing condemnation from international human rights groups.
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