Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed solidarity with the President of China Xi Jinping and the Chinese citizens at a crucial time when it is fighting with the deadly Coronavirus outbreak, having claimed over 800 lives around the world out of over 37,000 reported cases across 27 nations.
In his letter to Prez Xi, PM Modi condoled the loss of lives and offered India’s help to deal with the epidemic. A source said-
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi also conveyed appreciation for the facilitation provided by the Government of China for the evacuation of Indian citizens from the Hubei province of China.”
As per another source, although Beijing did not come in New Delhi’s way of evacuating its people, it would’ve preferred that India did not move its people out.
Currently, as China is grappled with a huge health crisis, coronavirus is regarded as even more challenging than the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s. A week ago, India evacuated 650 of its inhabitants from Wuhan in Hubei province, which happens to be the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.
Also, New Delhi suspended visas and e-visas of all Chinese citizens and other people living in mainland China. The Indian officials said that these restrictions do not apply to Hong Kong residents.
When asked if India is planning to extend any assistance to China in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus, Indian official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, said-
“We are of course closely looking at the situation, China is making all efforts to deal with the outbreak. If required we will be willing to extend all possible assistance to China.”