No aid for 41 Indians caught off China coast

New Delhi, December 17

There is no relief in sight for 41 Indians stuck on two ships off the Chinese coast due to an escalating trade conflict between China and Australia. “The Indian Embassy is in touch with the Chinese authorities. They have said that crew change is not permitted from these ports due to local Covid restrictions,” said MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava here on Thursday.

The first one is the MV Jag Anand ship with 23 Indians carrying coal from Australia and not allowed to dock at Jiangtang Port since June 13. The other is MV Anastasia, with 18 Indians, also carrying Australian coal and at Caofeidian anchorage since August 3.

“It is like a food delivery guy being hammered in a fight between neighbours,” said Abdulgani Serang, Secretary of the National Union of Seafarers of India. — TNS

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