As Six months have passed since about forty Indian sailors stuck on two
floating prisons, the ships outside the Chinese ports, India has stepped up
pressure through diplomatic channels with its Chinese counterparts in an effort
to release them from imposed custody.
India's Ambassador to China VikramMisri met his chinese counterparts and
suggested a way out of the crisis. He urged the Chinese authorities to permit
crew change so that the held up ones are released and replaced by fresh crew.
Trade row between
China and Australia has led to the hold of ships carrying Australian cargo
The External Affairs Ministry is also in touch with the Chinese Embassy in
New Delhi in this regard. The trade row between China and Australia has led to
the hold of ships carrying Australian cargo, mostly thermal coal, outside the
Chinese Ports for the past several months.
Ambassador Misri met the Vice Minister of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in
Beijing, while the External Affairs Ministry is in touch with the Chinese
embassy here for an early crew change on the two ships, spokesperson for the
Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava said at a news briefing here on
Jindal ready to buy the coal on ships so that sailors could be moved to Indian
Meanwhile in a move to break the deadlock, industrialist Naveen Jindal has
offered to buy the coal on the ships so that the sailors could be moved to
Indian ports along with other cargo. In view of the strict pandemic control
measures, the Chinese authorities have outlined detailed steps for smooth
movement of crew.
Beyond the 40 odd Indian sailors held up in two ships, there are hundreds
of other Indian sea men held up outside the chinese ports. Their issues have
not come up before the radar of the external affairs ministry so far say the