Coronavirus to delay India-China engagements

The coronoavirus outbreak would delay certain bilateral engagements between India and China for the next few months but two sides would try to full their commitment during the course of the year, ET has learnt.

While some of the planned activities might be delayed the two sides should work jointly to ensure that they are able to implement as many activities as possible once the situation returns to normal, ET has learnt. This was key point in the meeting between Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla and Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong here on Friday.

India and China are scheduled to organise 35 events each to mark 70 years of diplomatic ties.

As regards the travel advisories issued by the Government of India for travelers from China, Foreign Secretary assured the Ambassador that there was no ban on travel to India for Chinese or other foreign persons based in mainland China, sources told ET. If anyone wanted to travel to India, he/she had to apply afresh for a new visa. The new advisories had been issued keeping in view Public Health perspective and to contain the spread of corona virus infection.

Sun briefed Foreign Secretary on the measures taken by the Chinese Government to tackle the outbreak. The Foreign Secretary conveyed that the people and Government stood ready to help China and provide whatever assistance is possible to face this challenge, ET has learnt.

Earlier Indian nationals have been advised to refrain from traveling to China. People travelling to China henceforth will be quarantined on return.

Separately, travel to India from China on e-Visa has been temporarily suspended. This applies to holders of Chinese passport and applicants of other nationalities residing in the mainland of People’s Republic of China.

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