Weekly Current Affairs

Chinese scribes asked to leave after adverse report [IR]

  • India decided not to renew the visas of three journalists of offi cial Chinese news agency Xinhua after an adverse report from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • According to the report, that was forwarded from the State intelligence chief in Karnataka in April this year, the journalists had travelled to Bengaluru where two of them had been intercepted by the police when meeting with members of the Tibetan community in Bylakuppe.
  • Many Chinese nationals working outside the country adopt local names that are less diffi cult to pronounce.
  • In April, India had expressed its unhappiness over China’s decision to place a technical hold on its bid to have Jaish –e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN Taliban 1267 committee.
  • In the same month, Beijing had reacted adversely to a conference being held in Dharamsala for Chinese dissidents that subsequently saw India withdraw a visa to Uighur activist Dolkun Isa.
  • The relationship saw its biggest strain more recently over the Nuclear Suppliers Group meeting where India accused China of blocking its membership bid.
  • China’s decision to “express concern” over the violence in Jammu and Kashmir was another source of tension.