Beijing: In what is seen as a tit-for-tat move, China has advised its citizens to be careful while travelling to India following protests over the rise 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 and its 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 advisory came ahead of Tuesday’s visit of External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to take part on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit scheduled to be held here on May 6 and 7.

"It was rare to see such an advisory in the Chinese Foreign Ministry website," Indian officials said, wondering whether it was in a way connected to two advisories put out by the Indian Embassy here warning its traders in doing business with Yiwu, in view of three incidents of kidnappings of Indian traders by the local suppliers to settle trade disputes.

Evolve an India policy with clear goals: Chinese daily to govt

Meanwhile, an official Chinese daily has sought to strike a friendly note, asking the government to evolve a clear India policy considering that New Delhi has chosen political independence over allying with the US in the region.

'Huanqiu Shibao', the Chinese version of the hardline Global Times daily, run by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), said the Chinese government should evolve an India policy with "clear goals" to strengthen friendship.

The policy, it said, should bear in mind New Delhi's independent foreign policy and its recent decision to pull out of South China Sea oil blocks exploration.

"For a long time, India has not figured as an important centre of Chinese foreign policy and China has not decided on a clear goal in its India policy," read a commentary in the paper.

"Now, the activity of the Indian military in the Indian Ocean has increased and the Indian Navy is also sailing more and more towards the east, lack of mutual trust may lead to both sides adopting a mistaken strategy", the write up titled ‘China should have clear strategic goals towards India' said. The article published in the daily, which is known for striking a nationalistic stand, comes a day before Krishna arrives here to take part in the China-backed Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, (SCO) in which India is an observer.

The summit is being held here on June 6-7.

Also, the article comes two days after US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta's announcement in Singapore that US would be deploying 60 percent of naval fleet in Asia Pacific, the backyard of China, which is currently grappling with a host of maritime tensions in South China Sea.

"Whether the Asia-Pacific strategy of the United States will be successful, will depend to a large degree on whether US can persuade important countries in this region to join in its return to Asia strategy," the article said.

But "unlike many Asian countries, who have expressed their keenness towards the US, India has not catered to America. India has traditionally not flip-flopped between groups, but has sought political independence.

"India's not joining the US camp is beneficial to China. China and India should become friends," it said.

It pointed out that India does not have a history of "militarism" and does not want to become a "super power".

"In the international community, it is generally thought that India's ambition is less than that of South Korea or Japan. So China has never considered India a threat, even though the 1998 nuclear explosion was said to be directed against China, China still does not consider India to be a real threat," it said.

India has recently stopped oil prospecting in the South China Sea with Vietnam and four Indian warships will visit China later this indicating that China-India relations is actively undergoing positive changes, it said.

"India and Russia have a history of close relations and Russia and China are also becoming very close. In geo-political interactions, both sides should work hard to increase mutual trust and also take care of each other's misgivings," it said.

"US and Japan hope that by their geo-political maneuvering, India and China will kill each other in a strategic competition. China and India cannot allow this plot to succeed," it said.


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