In response to the Indian mission in Beijing, the Chinese government said Monday that following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, foreign students would not be allowed to enter the country for the time being and that such entry would only be allowed under certain circumstances is permitted.
The statement from the Chinese Ministry of Education in response to the Indian embassy’s concerns was tweeted by them.
“At present, foreign students in China are not allowed to enter the country for the time being, but the Chinese government attaches great importance to protecting the legitimate rights and interests of foreign students in China. It requires relevant universities in China to maintain close contacts with China to notify the students the Indian Embassy posted, quoting the response from the Chinese Ministry of Education to their request.
The Chinese Ministry also suggested that Indian students get in touch with their respective institutions and arrange study in China in strict accordance with the suggestions and guidelines of colleges and universities.
The Indian Embassy therefore also advised students to keep in touch with their respective colleges / universities and to continue to monitor the Indian Embassy / Consulates website for the latest information regarding their return.
On September 1 and August 17, the embassy also raised concerns among Indian students about their return to China.
Thousands of Indian students taking various courses had returned to India amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
However, the statement comes at a time when tensions between New Delhi and Beijing over the April-May stalemate due to the Chinese army’s transgressions in several areas such as the Finger Area, Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Indulge in congressional Nala. The situation worsened after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in violent clashes with Chinese forces in the Galwan Valley in June.
Sources said Tuesday that there was a recent exchange of fire on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in east Ladakh, with troops from India and China embroiled in a stalemate for over three months.
India recently outstripped China by taking control of the strategic altitude near the south bank of Lake Pangong.
It foiled an attempt by the Chinese army to enter Indian areas near the south bank of Pangong Tso near Chushul in Ladakh.