Attacking India for refusing to extend visas to three Chinese journalists, a state-run daily in China today warned of "serious consequences" if New Delhi was "taking revenge" for China's refusal to back its NSG bid and sought "action to display reaction".
Terming as "petty" the denial of permission for an extended stay to three Chinese journalists based in India, the Global Times said "no official reason was given for the rejection of the visa renewals".
"...speculation is swirling that India is taking revenge against China for the latter's opposition to India joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)... If New Delhi is really taking revenge due to the NSG membership issue, there will be serious consequences," it said in an editorial titled 'India's expulsion of reporters is a petty act'.
The three Chinese journalists, Delhi-based Bureau Chief Wu Qiang and two reporters in Mumbai - Tang Lu and Ma Qiang, representing the state-run Xinhua news agency were denied permission for the extended stay.
Their visas are expiring at the end of this month and all the three had sought extension by a few months till their successors arrive.
India's act was described as an "expulsion" by some foreign media, the editorial said. "No official reason was given for the rejection of the visa renewals. Some Indian media claimed that the three journalists are suspected of impersonating other people to access several restricted departments in Delhi and Mumbai with fake names. There were also reports attributing it to the journalists' meeting with exiled Tibetan activists," it said.