Border standoff: China issues ‘safety advisory’ for its citizens travelling to India


New Delhi: Amid the tense India-China border standoff, Beijing on Saturday issued s “safety advisory” for its citizens traveling to India.

The advisory was issued through the Chinese embassy in New Delhi. It asked Chinese travellers to India to pay close attention to the security situation and take necessary precautions.

This is not a travel advisory but it asks Chinese nationals in India to pay attention to the local security situation. It also asks them to carry personal identification and keep their family, colleagues and friends posted about their movements. No reasons have been cited for the advisory.

On July 5, China had said it was considering issuing such an alert for citizens visiting India, depending on the security situation following the border standoff in Doklam.

China and India have been engaged in the standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

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