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China reiterates its reluctance for change of crew of stranded Indian ship ‘Jag Anand’

By financial express

The stalemate over an Indian ship with 23-member crew, which has been stuck outside a Chinese port since six months, is set to continue as China on Wednesday reiterated its reluctance for change of crew, citing the COVID-19 regulations.

The ship, ‘Jag Anand’, carrying a huge consignment of Australian coal to China, has been stuck at Jingtang port since June, with the crew members seeking immediate relief as the vessel remained in the queue since its arrival.

Their plight has been highlighted by the National Union of Seafarers of India, International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the International Maritime Organisation in recent weeks.

The Indian Embassy here is also in regular communication with the local Chinese authorities to find a way out to arrange for the changeover of the crew as they have been stuck on the ship since June.

In addition to the crew of ‘Jag Anand’, the Indian Embassy has also taken up the plight of 16 Indian crew members of a Panamanian ship Anastasia in a similar situation at China’s Caofeidian port.

Asked whether China would allow the change of the crew of ‘Jag Anand’ on humanitarian grounds, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian cited the epidemic prevention measures.

“In China, there are clear requirements on epidemic prevention and control at ports and on quarantine of crew members. These are all based on science,” Zhao told a media briefing here on Wednesday while answering a question on the plight of the crew.

He said local authorities have been in close communication with the Indian officials.

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  1. China has reportedly blocked coal vessels on high seas carrying huge coal stocks with about 400 sailors – a worrisome news for Australia on 25 December , 2020.
    According to news reports on 25 December , 2020 , two million tonnes of coal with 400 sailors are stuck on ships off China’s northeast coast. This consignment of coal stocks from Australia is said to have been refused by China. A humanitarian crisis looks to be brewing in. It may be known that coal is the third largest export from Australia. It is believed by political analysts that the row seems to be taking shape in the face of not so diplomatic warm relationship in recent past between Australia and China. In this context , it may be apt to refer readers to this Vedic astrology writer’s one of predictive alerts in article – “ Reading planetary impacts for Australia in coming year 2021” – published at english.nirpakhawaaz.in on 21 October , 2020. The text related to the predictive alert for more care and appropriate strategy reads as follows in the article:-
    “ ( 3 ). The two months from January to February in 2021 may find Australia trying hard to look into infirmities in economic system so as to plug such things as may be found giving or having potential to give rise to economic problem. Similarly , some ailments which have tendency to grow through air or closer human contact are likely to be in focus for remedy. In this connection , support of countries in partnership may be explored and taken. Economic slowdown looks to be there. Aviation , tourism , marine -industry , fishery may be found causing worrisome concern , danger of loss may be feared there. There may be worrisome concerns on account of sea-wealth and energy resources with some countries”.
    The aforesaid details would suggest that the predictive alert for more care and appropriate strategy made by this writer on 21 October , 2020 in relation to Australia has been indicative and meaningful.
    India is also in news-focus for because bout 41 Indian sailors aboard two ships are not reportedly being allowed by the Chinese authorities to offload coal at Chinese ports. The Indian sailors were engaged in transporting Australian coal and are awaiting offloading even in December 2020. In this context , it may be apt to refer readers to this Vedic astrology writer’s another predictive article as follows :-
    “ Major worrisome potential of concerns during 10 January to 13 February in soon coming year 2021 for vulnerable world including India as well , calling for more care and appropriate strategy”.
    Through said predictive article published at english.nirpakhawaaz.in on 26 November , 2020 , this writer has alerted that such regions of world as are known for minerals and metals could have major war-like issues after mid-December , 2020 and in particular between about 10 January to 13 February in coming year 2021. It has also been added therein that predictive alert can have another connotation as well. Minerals and metals industry in vulnerable countries across the world could likely face major worrisome concerns during the period of time.
    ( 1 ). Link to reach the article published on 21 October , 2020 , referred to here :-
    http://www.nirpakhawaaz.in/reading-planetary-impacts-for-australia-in-coming-year-2021/
    ( 2 ). Link to reach the article published on 26 November , 2020 , referred to here :-
    http://english.nirpakhawaaz.in/2020/11/26/major-worrisome-potential-of-concerns-during-10-january-to-13-february-in-soon-coming-year-2021-for-vulnerable-world-including-india-as-well-calling-for-more-care/

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