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Sept 25, Colombo: A Chinese Navy submarine's visit to Sri Lanka's Colombo Port prior to the Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the island nation last week is seen as China projecting its military power into Indian Ocean, according to Duowei News, a Chinese newspaper based in the United States.

The ChangZheng 2, a Type 091 Han-class nuclear-powered submarine has become the first Chinese submarine to visit Colombo Harbor in Sri Lanka according to China Military online.

The Chinese submarine has arrived at Colombo Harbor one day before the Chinese President began his visit on September 16.

In addition to the Changzheng 2, there were two other People's Liberation Army Navy warships in the harbor, the China Military online reported.

The Chinese Navy type-039 submarine "Great Wall No.329" and the submarine support ship "Changxing Island" of the North China Sea Fleet under the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have reportedly visited Colombo Port from September 7 -14.

The ships have docked at the pier of Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT).

It is said that this is the first time for the Chinese Navy to send submarine to visit foreign country, and also the first time for the Chinese conventional submarine to be confirmed appearance in the Indian Ocean.

Taken together with the joint naval exercises with Iran launched Wednesday, this seems to suggest China's ambitions to project its military power into the Indian Ocean, Duowei said.