China issues safety advisory for its citizens in India

Following the stand-off  between India and China and the worsening border row in Doklam, Chinese embassy in India has issued a safety advisory to its citizens travelling to and living in India, reports said.

“The (Chinese) embassy in India has issued a safety advisory to its people asking them to pay attention to their safety and avoid unnecessary travel,” a Chinese government official told a Delhi based news agency.

The advisory was issued on July 7 and is for a month.

However,  no reason was given for issuing such a notice.

“They have been asked to contact local police or the Chinese Embassy in Delhi,” the official added.

Pertinently, Chinese troops have been engaged in a stand-off in Doklam region in Sikkim sector since mid June, which has led to marked unease in ties.

Last week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said depending on the security situation China could issue a travel alert to its citizens visiting India.

The advisory, asks Chinese living in India to strictly comply with Indian laws and regulations and respect local and religious customs.

“The Chinese government attaches great importance to the safety and lawful rights of Chinese citizens,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang had said last week.

“In accordance with the security condition of the relevant country, we will decide whether or not to issue a travel alert,” Geng had said, answering a question if China will issue any advisory.


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