New Delhi: A day after news broke out about three Chinese journalists being denied visa extension to stay in India, the Chinese state media on Monday said that India will face “serious consequences” for its actions.

The Chinese media, interpreting the snub from India as a revenge for its disapproval of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership to India, wrote, “India is taking revenge against China for the latter’s opposition to India joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)…If New Delhi is really taking revenge due to the NSG membership issue, there will be serious consequences.”

The three journalists: Wu Qiang, Tang Lu and Ma Qiang were given no reasons by the government for their denial of visa. However, speculations are rife that security agencies in India suspect the three of performing activities beyond their official work.  Citing security concerns, India had told the journalists to leave the country by July 31.

“No official reason was given for the rejection of the visa renewals. Some Indian media claimed that the three journalists are suspected of impersonating other people to access several restricted departments in Delhi and Mumbai with fake names. There were also reports attributing it to the journalists’ meeting with exiled Tibetan activists,” said the editorial in Global Times.

The editorial piece also mentioned that it was a normal occurrence for the journalists to seek interview with the exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama.

The article also reiterated why India had been denied the NSG membership. It said that China was not being disrespectful, but a country had to be part of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to become official members of the NSG.

“China should stick to a friendly strategy toward India, as we believe bilateral friendship is in the interests of India as well,” despite the censure, it highlighted the importance of India-China bilateral ties.