Beijing: In what is being seen as a tit-for-tat move, China has cautioned its citizens against travelling to India following protests over the increase in petroleum prices, after New Delhi issued advisories warning its traders against doing business in the Chinese commodity hub of Yiwu.
An advisory has been posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website as well as Chinese Embassy in New Delhi dated June 1 which warned about travel disruptions due to protests.
"According to Indian media reports, many places in India are witnessing protests and strikes due to the recent hike in oil prices. Railways and highway transport have either come to a halt due to strikes or have been impacted to different degrees," the advisory said. "Some shops have closed. Presently, impacted areas include: Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Patna in Bihar, Allahabad and Varanasi in UP, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa etc," it said.
"The Chinese Embassy in India would like to alert the Chinese citizens about this and request them to confirm their itinerary with related agencies to avoid delays.
"At the same time, during this period, they should be careful about personal safety and safeguard their personal belongings," it said.
The travel advisory came as a surprise to Indian officials in Beijing as it was very rare for China to put out such advisories against India in the past on Chinese Foreign Ministry's website.
It came ahead of Tuesday's visit of External Affairs Minister SM Krishna to take part on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit scheduled to be held in Beijing on June 6 and 7.