Beijing: China has demanded that the last Indian journalist working in the country depart by the end of this month, citing allegations of “discrimination” and “unfair treatment” of Chinese journalists in India. The journalist, associated with the news agency Press Trust of India (PTI), will leave China when visa expires.
At the beginning of 2023, India had four journalists stationed in China, but in April, two were prevented from returning as their visas were frozen. One of the remaining two journalists left China on June 11 after their visa expired, and the last Indian reporter is scheduled to depart by the end of June. Consequently, India will no longer have any media presence in the world’s second-largest economy.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated on Monday that “Chinese journalists in India have faced unfair and discriminatory treatment in recent years.” He further pointed out that India had not approved visas for Chinese journalists since 2020, leading to a drastic decline from 14 correspondents to only one remaining.