Post-Doklam standoff, first China travel warning for tourists to India

"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 statement read.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published: October 6, 2017 7:32 am
Doklam standoff, China travel warning, china india travel warning, china india travel, india news, indian express news The Chinese Embassy in India issued the advisory, the third in four months, for Chinese tourists in India.

China has issued a travel advisory to its nationals visiting India, the first such warning after the Doklam standoff, warning them about denial of visas to visit “restricted areas” like the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Chinese Embassy in India issued the advisory, the third in four months, for Chinese tourists in India. The warning was posted on the embassy’s website on Tuesday, and detailed several situations the embassy handled recently in which Chinese tourists were denied entry or investigated while travelling in India, state-run Global Times reported on Thursday.

“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 statement 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,” it added.

On July 7, weeks after the Doklam crisis began, the Chinese mission in India issued its first warning, asking Chinese nationals to reduce unnecessary travel to India, maintain a low profile when there, and respect local laws and law enforcement personnel. It reissued the warning on August 24. The 73-day Doklam standoff started on June 16 when Chinese troops attempted to build a road in territory claimed by Bhutan close to the Indian border. Indian troops objected to it and stopped the Chinese from building the road.

The standoff was finally resolved on August 28. Chinese tourists make up three per cent of foreign tourists visiting India each year, the Global Times quoted Indian media reports as saying. From January to May, 2017, about 119,000 visitors from China visited India, an increase of 9.2 per cent year-on-year. India has granted e-visa facility for Chinese travellers.

A report by state-run Xinhua news agency two days ago said China is becoming one of the most popular destinations for Indian tourists. It is estimated that the number of outbound tourists from India will reach 50 million overall by 2020, up from 21.87 million in 2016, the report said.

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    PremAnand
    Oct 6, 2017 at 11:10 pm
    News--bloomberg-china-military-bases-intelligence China’s first overseas military base in the small African country of Djibouti is “probably the first of many” the country intends to build around the world, which could bring its interests into conflict with the U.S., according to American intelligence officials. And recent situation in Africa for Indian merchant navy and US Troop. News--navy-prevents-pirate-attack-on-indian-ship-in-gulf-of-aden. News-US Troops Ambushed in Niger, Africa - Uncle Sam's Niger, Africa – On October 4, US Troops were ambushed, killing 3 Green Berets and one coalition service member. Two US troops were wounded in the attack and ... With USA facing tough resistance in Africa. It would have been in best interest of free world if Mattis asked India to build base in Africa to ease USA. So USA can focus on Afghanistan, South-China sea region. If State Department and UN had their head in right place. India would not be asked to have Military boots in Afghan
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      Manju
      Oct 6, 2017 at 3:36 pm
      Those who want to visit are free to visit, provided they follow our rules just like we follow their Communist rules while visiting China. If Chinese commies thinks we get scared by the travel advisories, then sorry Chinese cons ute very less number of tourists visiting India.
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        BM
        Oct 6, 2017 at 3:36 pm
        "China is becoming one of the most popular destinations for Indian tourists", yes, harder you kick Indians, more they will visit your country. Sizable number of Indian have the blood of Jaichand, they are shameless, have no self-respect or dignity. Kick their back side, they will visit China every year.
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          Asish
          Oct 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm
          India needs to acquire or build "Mother of All Bombs" to deal with the Pakistani or Chinese threat. One of those and entire battalion are taken care of. In a war situation we have air superiority, what is missing is the Laser Guided, GPS Guided and GPS Guided Mother of All Bombs in good quan ies.
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            A. M.
            Oct 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm
            Dear Chinese, There are a lot of Indians who are being harassed by the present sanghi goons and liar p.m. The whole nation is suffering because of the foolishness of 31 percent of bhakts. You are most welcome to come to India , but do not leave the sanghi goons, vhp rioters, bajrang Dal cowards, hindu Sena s and those stupid bhakts when you come over here. Those people can be used as unpaid bonded labourers in your factories while the rest of India can live peacefully without those monkeys in India. That would be beneficial to both our great civilization and also it would be a great benovelent act by the PLA army for the whole of mankind. - Msg by an Indian from a place where Vikas gando thayo che.
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              PremAnand
              Oct 6, 2017 at 11:24 pm
              News--bloomberg-china-military-bases-intelligence China’s first overseas military base in the small African country of Djibouti is “probably the first of many” the country intends to build around the world, which could bring its interests into conflict with the U.S., according to American intelligence officials. And recent situation in Africa for Indian merchant navy and US Troop. News--navy-prevents-pirate-attack-on-indian-ship-in-gulf-of-aden. News-US Troops Ambushed in Niger, Africa - Uncle Sam's Niger, Africa – On October 4, US Troops were ambushed, killing 3 Green Berets and one coalition service member. Two US troops were wounded in the attack and ... With USA facing tough resistance in Africa. It would have been in best interest of free world if Mattis asked India to build base in Africa to ease USA. So USA can focus on Afghanistan, South-China sea region. If State Department and UN had their head in right place. India would not be asked to have Military boots in Afghan
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                PremAnand
                Oct 6, 2017 at 11:44 pm
                And if India is not in Afganistan. There will be less casualty for both Afghanistan and Pakistan from Indian troops and vice-versa. works best for both sides and peace in region. Let USA clear up the mess they made in Afganistan
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