China’s announcement on Wednesday that it had taken “appropriate” action in response to what it described India’s “unfair and discriminatory” treatment of Chinese journalists served to highlight the rising tensions between the two countries.
The remaining two Chinese state media journalists in India were denied a visa renewal in May by the Indian authorities. The first is used by Xinhua, whereas China Central Television uses the second.
At least two of the four journalists from Indian media who were still based in China have been denied entry. Yet a third guy is still in China despite being advised that his credentials had been revoked.
Ananth Krishnan, a reporter for the Indian newspaper The Hindu, tweeted on Wednesday that there was “only one accredited Indian reporter in Beijing” and that there would likely soon be none.
The two most populous countries in the world’s ties have deteriorated after the terrible occurrence on the sensitive Sino-Indian border in 2020.
According to a spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, Indian journalists have been treated unfairly for years.
Mao Ning, the spokeswoman said, “Chinese journalists have experienced unfair and discriminatory treatment in India, and in 2017 the Indian side shortened the visa validity of Chinese journalists to three months or even one month without cause.”
Ms. Ning continued, “The Chinese side had to take necessary actions to preserve the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese media in light of this lengthy and excessive censorship by the Indian side. The final Chinese journalist in India has lost his visa as well.