Coming out as the third advisory within three months by the Chinese embassy in New Delhi for its citizens visiting India, China has asked, its citizens to not to take photographs of border areas and military installations. The advisory issued by the Chinese embassy on Tuesday read, “(Visitors should) not photograph India’s border and military facilities and vehicles. While travelling on India’s border neighbouring Nepal, avoid visiting border markets, and do not enter the territory of other countries by mistake.”

This is the third advisory by the Chinese embassy to its citizens, and after the India and China called-off their troops from Doklam. Earlier, the first warning was issued on July 7 amid the standoff between border troops of the two nations. The 73-day stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam in the Sikkim section was resolved on August 28.

“Some Chinese citizens visited Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which are restricted areas for foreigners, without gaining permits from India. Some tourists were asked to return upon arrival; some were even arrested or investigated,” the advisory read. 

In its advisory, the embassy asked Chinese nationals to avoid unnecessary travel to India, and keep a low profile during visits. It also asked its citizens to follow local laws and law enforcement personnel in order to avoid any hassles.

According to reports, more than one lakh Chinese nationals visited India from January to May in 2017. India has granted e-visa facility for Chinese travelers.

The new advisory comes in the wake of reports suggesting, China upgrading a road which around 10 km away from the earlier standoff site with almost 500 soldiers deployed in the area. As per reports, China is now upgrading its existing road in the Bhutanese territory of Doklam.

However, unlike the previous time, this construction by China is not southwards towards the militarily-sensitive area of Jampheri Ridge.

First Published | 6 October 2017 8:35 AM
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