New Delhi: In a first, India expelled three Chinese journalists after their activities were flagged by intelligence agencies and raised ‘concerns’. The trio were working with Chinese state-run media Xinhua.
According to news reports, the move to expel the three Chinese journalists came after intelligence agencies found out that they impersonated other persons and tried gaining access to restricted areas under fake identities.
These concerns raised by intelligence agencies led authorities to revoke their visas. Xinhua‘s bureau chief Wu Qiang who stays in Delhi and his two colleagues Lu Tang and She Yonggang who stay in Mumbai have been asked to leave the country by July 31.
Xinhua’s bureau chief Wu who has been residing in Delhi for the past six years was recently granted an extended visa. This is reportedly the first time extended visas have been turned down in India.
Xinhua is considered to be the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist party and has a considerable amount of influence in China.
Soon after the visas of the three Chinese journalists were revoked, Xinhua acknowledged the events but the ministry of external affairs have not commented on the issue yet.
This move to revoke the visas of Chinese journalists comes at a time when tensions between India and China are running high due to the recent clash of troops from both sides at Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh. In a recent turn of events, Beijing also decided to block India’s membership of Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG).