The last Indian journalist in China, a PTI [Press Trust of India] reporter, has been ordered by Beijing officials to leave by the end of the month, according to news outlet Bloomberg. All four of the Indian reporters have left China as a result of their visa requests being denied.
Two Indian journalists from The Hindu and Prasar Bharati's state broadcaster were not granted visa extensions in April, according to a Bloomberg report, while one writer from the Hindustan Times departed China over the weekend.
China refers to the move as "appropriate action" against India for how it treated Chinese journalists. India, however, hoped Beijing would permit its journalists to go on their job in China.
One Chinese journalist was still present in India as of last month, according to Mao Ning, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, and they were awaiting the renewal of their visa. Two journalists from the Xinhua News Agency and China Central Television had their requests for visa extensions previously turned down by New Delhi.
Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi remarked to Reuters, "All foreign journalists, including Chinese journalists, have been pursuing journalistic activities in India without any limitations or difficulties in reporting or doing media coverage."
The hiring of local correspondents and even local travel were reportedly prohibited for Indian journalists working in China.
According to the Bloomberg report, Beijing implemented regulations limiting employment to three people at once who must be drawn from a pool provided by the Chinese government. India doesn't have a hiring ceiling.
Following a deadly conflict on the Himalayan border in 2020, relations between Beijing and New Delhi have been tense. Since then, China has made an effort to keep that disagreement separate from their relationship as a whole and concentrate on business and trade, but India has stated that the border conflict must be settled before relations can return to normal.
The visa cancellations coincide with India's hosting of this year's sessions of the G20 and the Shanghai Cooperation Dialogue, which was formed by China. China is attempting to expand its diplomatic and political influence internationally, thus Xi is anticipated to attend the G-20 leaders summit in September.
A long-running disagreement between China and the US concerns journalist visas. Beijing reacted by removing press credentials for reporters at US media companies after the Trump administration labelled a few Chinese media outlets as "foreign missions" and imposed limits on the number of Chinese journalists working there.
Two Australian journalists who were based in China departed the country in 2020 as a result of rising diplomatic tensions. The two men were first prevented from leaving and were held under consular protection for five days until Australian officials were able to arrange their departure. Beijing accused Canberra of breaking into the homes of members of the Chinese official media and stealing their possessions.
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