India-China row: China issues safety advisory to citizens in India

Srinagar: China, on Friday, has issued a safety advisory to its citizens travelling to and living in India over the worsening on-going stand-off in Doklam near the Sikkim section of the border.

For four weeks, the two countries have been involved in a stand-off along part of their 3,500 kilometres shared border. Since both the countries are populous and have very robust economies, and have fought a war over border disputes in 1962, the stand-off has attracted global media attention.

The Sino-Indian War, also known as the Sino-Indian Border Conflict, was a war between China and India that occurred in 1962. A disputed Himalayan border was the main pretext for war. The Sino-Indian War is also known as the Sino-Indian Border Conflict.

The advisory tells Chinese citizens in India to “to pay close attention to the local security situation, improve awareness of protecting themselves, strengthen security, reduce unnecessary travel, and in advance inform family, colleagues and friends of their travel”.

The tense stand off between the two Asian neighbours is being referred to as one of the most serious border confrontations in recent decades.

The safety advisory was issued on July 7 and is valid for a month, until August 7.

The Chinese in India have been asked to contact local police or the Chinese Embassy in Delhi.

The advisory comes as Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in a stand-off in Doklam region in Sikkim sector since mid June, which has led to an in the ties.

According to the advisory, the Chinese living in India need to pay attention to the ‘local security situation’.

It further added that they need to carry personal identification and inform their family, colleagues, and friends, in advance if travelling out of home.

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

According to a report in BBC, “both India and China have rushed more troops to the border region, and the two sides are in an ‘eyeball to eyeball’ stand-off.”

A report in the The New York Times said that India was violating an 1890 border agreement between Britain and China that previous Indian governments had pledged to uphold.


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