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China issues advisory for citizens travelling in India

China, in a rare advisory, has asked its citizens to be alert while travelling in India following protests across the country over the recent steep hike in petrol prices. Sutirtho Patranobis reports.

world Updated: Jun 04, 2012 23:49 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

China, in a rare advisory, has asked its citizens to be alert while travelling in India following protests across the country over the recent steep hike in petrol prices.

The advisory though it doesn't ask Chinese citizens not to come to or travel in India cautions them about personal safety and to be watchful about personal belongings.

The Chinese advisory was issued less than two weeks after India issued a second advisory in five months warning traders against doing business in the eastern China commodity hub of Yiwu.

The Chinese advisory didn't specify any time period and it remains to be seen what kind of impact the advisory would
have on Chinese tourists travelling to India.

Quoting Indian media reports, the Chinese government said Indians in many places had held protests against the hike, which also led to the opposition calling for a nation-wide strike last week.

"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, adding: "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 then goes to caution its citizens.

"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 ad came ahead of Tuesday's visit of external affairs minister SM Krishna to take part on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit scheduled to be held here on May 6 and 7.

Indian diplomats in Beijing didn't comment on the advisory but said no one remembers the last time China issued a similar note.