If expelling of three Chinese journalists by India is a revenge for China’s opposition to its Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership, there will be “serious consequences”, said a state-run daily urging Beijing to respond in a similar manner.
In a hard-hitting editorial, the Global Times said China “should take actions to display our reaction”.
The piece came in the wake of India’s refusal to extend the visas of three Chinese journalists from Xinhua news agency, owned by the Chinese government.
However, the officials in India’s External Affairs Ministry have said that Xinhua could always send new replacements.
“No official reason was given for the rejection of the visa renewals. Some Indian media claimed that the three journalists were suspected of impersonating other people to access several restricted departments in Delhi and Mumbai with fake names,” the editorial said.