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China on 25th May 2020 announced plans to evacuate its citizens facing “difficulties” in India because of the coronavirus pandemic, risking speculation in the middle of heightened military tensions between the two nations.
- A notice put up on the Chinese embassy website advised those who wanted to go home, including students, tourists, and businesspeople, to book tickets on special flights.
- The move to evacuate Chinese citizens from India comes against the backdrop of India entering the list of the 10 worst-hit nations by the novel coronavirus, with more than 150,000 infections and 4,100 deaths.
- The evacuation also comes at a time of high military tensions between India and China, with Chinese troops transgressing into Indian territory in several places in Ladakh and Sikkim in May 2020.