China has issued a safety advisory to its citizens travelling to and living in India over the worsening border row between the two countries.
“The (Chinese) embassy in India has issued a safety advisory to its people asking them to pay attention to their safety and avoid unnecessary travel,” a Chinese government official said.
On July 7, the advisory was issued and is applicable for a month. No reason was given for issuing such a notice.
“They have been asked to contact local police or the Chinese Embassy in Delhi,” the official explained.
The advisory comes as Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in a standoff in Doklam region in Sikkim sector since mid June, which has led to marked unease in ties.
Last week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that China could issue a travel alert to its citizens visiting India based on the security situation.
According to the advisory, the Chinese living in India need to pay attention to the local security situation. It says that they need to carry a personal identification and inform in advance to their family, colleagues and friends if travelling out of the home.
It also asks them to strictly comply with the Indian laws, regulations and to respect the religious customs.
“The Chinese government attached great importance to the safety and lawful rights of Chinese citizens,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said last week.
“In accordance with the security condition of the relevant country, we will decide whether or not to issue a travel alert,” Geng had said, answering a question if China will issue any advisory.