December 28th, the Indian media scrambled to break the news, “The Indian government has informally asked airlines not to carry Chinese citizens to India.”
Several Indian media put it in the prominent headlines of their websites and mentioned that it was “strong revenge” against China.
The temporary suspension of personnel exchanges with some countries is not surprising in the context of the epidemic.
But these “suspended” countries are often countries where the epidemic has already or is on the verge of getting out of control.
And China is one of the countries with the best epidemic control in the world. This irrefutable fact makes the Indian media’s revelations especially inexplicable.
Is it because of the epidemic or the border?
What is India doing this time?
The first to break this news was the Times of India.
The report said that in the past weekend (December 26-27), all airlines, including Air India and foreign airlines, have been explicitly asked not to take Chinese citizens to India by plane.
Because this order was issued in an “informal” manner, some airlines found it difficult. They require the Indian authorities to provide written documents so that the airlines can give reasons for refusal when those Chinese citizens with legal procedures board the plane.
Image source: Times of India
Some other Indian media also confirmed the news from the country’s aviation industry.
Currently, China and India have suspended flights between China and India, but there are still some Chinese citizens who fly to India to work or do business through third countries that have a “bubble agreement” with India.
The “bubble agreement” is a product of the new crown epidemic. People who have a “bubble agreement” can exempt people from quarantine measures.
Under the epidemic situation, the suspension of personnel from a certain country to the country is a measure adopted by many countries, but it is often aimed at those countries where the epidemic has uncontrollable risks. As we all know, China is one of the countries in the world that controls the epidemic best.
At least, traveling from China to India is an absolute entry from a low-risk area to a high-risk area.
So what does the Indian government smoke?
The Times of India said that this was “strong revenge” against China.
Almost all reports angrily mentioned two things.
The first thing is that China has long taken “undisguised action” to “prevent Indians from flying to China.”
China has been doing this since November!
China has also suspended visas for Indians! !
Many media mentioned in unison: This is revenge against China!
The second thing is that the Australian coal ship “stayed in Chinese ports” caused some Indian crew members to be “trapped in various ports in China”. The reason why they “cannot go ashore nor go home” after floating at sea for several months is , “China refuses them to go ashore.”
Many Indian public opinion believes that the above are all China deliberately targeting India.
Some Indian media said on Twitter that China has suspended visas for Indians, but Chinese citizens are still eligible to travel to India!
The implication is nothing more than that this is unfair.
Let me talk about the first thing, how “wronged” India.
In early November, China “suddenly suspended flights to India”, which surprised some Indian media.
What’s the matter?
After the outbreak, the Indian government launched an evacuation plan called “Great India”.
Said to be evacuation, in fact, the main task of the flight is to bring back Indians stranded overseas, while allowing domestic Indians to take chartered flights to the destination country.
In early November, the “Great India” plan to go to China in the 6th flight, the flight AI1314, more than 200 passengers, there are about 20 people tested positive for the new virus crown, and another 40 people were found to carry antibodies upon arrival.
The paradox of the whole thing is that Air India, which flew the flight, immediately issued a statement stating that the airline “strictly abided by various epidemic prevention and safety operations” during the carriage process, and all passengers taking AI1314 flight “have “New coronavirus negative test report issued by a certified laboratory” , and received two tests for new coronavirus pneumonia before boarding in accordance with relevant regulations.
Anyway, I don’t know why, dozens of people became positive as soon as they arrived in China…
It’s hard not to make a certain association.
Earlier, the Indian media broke the news that since the outbreak of the new crown epidemic in India, illegal doctors and gangs have colluded with each other to make profits by selling false test reports.
In one such case in Delhi, it only costs Rs 2,400, or approximately RMB 215, to purchase a false test report.
In addition, employees of a testing center in Bangalore are suspected of providing “needed” travelers with a negative test certificate for the new coronavirus at a price of 12,000 rupees.
Shouldn’t such a flight be interrupted?
In fact, this is not the first time Air India has found a confirmed case after arriving at a destination. Both Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Dubai have issued bans for the same reason.
But as soon as the incident reached mainland China, the tone of the Indian media’s report seemed very “surprised”-what? You cut off my flight?
China is actually quite polite.
On November 3, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded that China and India are currently in communication on the subsequent temporary flight arrangements.
The Chinese Embassy in India issued a message, requiring passengers travelling to China on flights to undergo double-negative tests for new coronavirus nucleic acid and serum antibody tests, and to apply for and obtain a green health code or health status statement with the “HS” logo.
On November 4 and 5, as the second wave of the epidemic was out of control in many countries, the Chinese embassies in many countries issued notices respectively, suspending the holding of current valid Chinese visas and work, personal affairs and reunions in these countries. Type of residence permit to enter China.
Among them is India, but there are also countries such as Britain, France, Belgium, Italy, Russia, and the Philippines.
A spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on November 5 that this is a temporary measure taken as a last resort in response to the current epidemic. China has learned from the practice of many countries and adjusted its approach to the people concerned in China based on changes in the epidemic situation. This is reasonable and consistent with international practices. I believe it will be understood by everyone.
The words “reasonable and reasonable” are appropriate.
On that day, there were more than 50,000 new confirmed cases in India, and a total of 8.36 million confirmed cases (of course, it is far more than that).
No Chinese would think that this is aimed at India-we are aimed at the epidemic and the virus itself.
But the glass heart of Indian public opinion was deeply stabbed.
There are also crew matters.
In a sense, this incident is actually a little bit of a gun. Because the ship is not an Indian ship, and the cargo is not an Indian cargo.
It’s a pity that the Indians’ anger was in the wrong direction.
The “trapped” were a group of cargo ships carrying Australian coal, and it happened that most of the crew on it were from Mumbai, India.
To put it bluntly, these Indian crew members are acting as couriers.
Anyone with a little experience in online shopping knows who to contact when the courier is refused due to quality problems.
Of course it is the seller.
The problem now is that the seller is unwilling to bear the loss, so the courier brother stays at the door of the other party.
How many days our courier brother has been here, you are inhumane if you don’t buy it.
Just don’t let the courier ask the seller: How do you deal with this batch of goods?
This incident was actually speculation by the Australian side from the beginning.
First, the Australian Minister of Trade jumped out and expressed “concern” about the situation of the crew on the coal ship. Some Western-based NGOs also clamored that these crew members were “exhausted physically and mentally due to an unprecedented long stay” and “needed emergency relief” and declared that it was “humanitarian”. Crisis”.
Then the Australian media rushed into the crowd and hyped that these crew members had been floating at sea for several months, “very desperate” and “even tried to commit suicide.”
Since these Indian crew members “trapped at sea” are so desperate, why are they reluctant to ask the Australian employer who is really responsible for the crew: How do you plan to house us?
Obviously, Australia is concerned that the Indian crew is fake, and it is true that it wants to sell coal for money.
Australian Minister of Trade Birmingham
Agence France-Presse previously reported that the shipping company operating the cargo ship said that it had offered to ship the ship to Japan at its own expense, but it was unsuccessful.
Why didn’t it succeed?
It didn’t say.
However, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the bulk carrier has been moored at the anchorage near Jingtang Port in Hebei Province since June, and China has never restricted its departure. The freighter’s unwillingness to adjust the ship’s operating arrangements for commercial interests was the real cause of the situation.
Just two days ago, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded again:
“We have said many times that China has clear regulations on port epidemic prevention and control, crew quarantine requirements, etc. The relevant local authorities in China have been maintaining close communication with the Indian side, promptly responding to the photocopying party’s relevant requests, and providing it in compliance with relevant epidemic prevention regulations. Necessary convenience and assistance.”
“At present, some ports in China allow the replacement of crew members under the premise of complying with relevant anti-epidemic regulations, but Jingtang Port and Caofeidian Port are not included. Whether the cargo party is willing to adjust the operation arrangement is determined by itself. “
It’s very interesting already.
As for coal itself, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also stated in November:
In recent years, China Customs has conducted risk monitoring and analysis on the safety and quality of imported coal, and found that imported coal is unqualified for environmental protection. China strengthens the quality and safety inspections of imported coal and environmental protection project testing in accordance with laws and regulations to better protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises and environmental safety.
Therefore, the chicken thief’s Australia dug a pit for India, and the third brother stupidly fell into it.
So much so that Australia, which has not yet sold coal, did not dare to mention “retaliating against China”, but India jumped out first:
“Strong revenge against China!”
This time India requires airlines to issue instructions in an “informal” manner. In fact, it can explain the problem.
I am afraid that the Indian government also knows it well and is at a loss.
This absurd “informal instruction”-if the media reports are true-is fragile and sensitive from head to toe.
There is a kind of inexplicable anger, but I can’t tell you what is wrong.
There is Indian public opinion that is habitually unfriendly to China, and more of it stems from a certain kind of excessive self-esteem.
When China moves slightly, it thinks it is “targeting India” and “suppressing India,” and it doesn’t even ask what is true.
China has shown a lot of goodwill towards India and has also given considerable patience. The two countries have also joined hands on many international occasions to fight for the rights and interests of developing countries.
But recently, some people in India have been a little lost in the troubles of gains and losses—perhaps by the clamor of outsiders. This sentiment also pushed India’s national fortune to a crossroads.
India has been pursuing to become a world power. Perhaps some Indians think that China is a stumbling block on its road to a great power.
But to be honest, China has never been a force to prevent India from becoming a great power. It is the narrow nationalism that is too sensitive and partial to believe in India.