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China cautions its citizens to be careful while in India

Beijing(PTI): In what is seen as a tit-for-tat move, China has advised its citizens to be careful while travelling to India following protests over the rise in petroleum prices, after New Delhi issued advisories warning its traders against doing business in the Chinese commodity hub of Yiwu.

An advisory has been posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website and its Embassy in New Delhi dated June 1 which warned about travel disruptions due to protests.

“According to Indian media reports, many places in India are witnessing protests and strikes due to the recent hike in oil prices. Railways and highway transport have either come to a halt due to strikes or have been impacted to different degrees,” the advisory said.

“Some shops have closed. Presently, impacted areas include: Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Patna in Bihar, Allahabad and Varanasi in UP, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa etc,” it said.

“The Chinese Embassy in India would like to alert the Chinese citizens about this and request them to confirm their itinerary with related agencies to avoid delays.
“At the same time, during this period, they should be careful about personal safety and safeguard their personal belongings,” it said.

The advisory came ahead of tomorrow’s visit of External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to take part on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit scheduled to be held here on May 6 and 7.

“It was rare to see such an advisory in the Chinese Foreign Ministry website,” Indian officials said, wondering whether it was in a way connected to two advisories put out by the Indian Embassy here warning its traders in doing business with Yiwu, in view of three incidents of kidnappings of Indian traders by the local suppliers to settle trade disputes.

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