India has expelled three journalists Chinese journalists working with Xinhua news agency based on concerns raised by intelligence agencies, suggests news reports. Hindustan Times reported
that the Indian government has refused to renew their visas and have been ordered to leave India by 31 July.
The three journalists are Xinhua’s bureau head in New Delhi Wu Qiang, its Mumbai bureau head Lu Tang and She Yonggang, a reporter based in Mumbai. Though no official explanation has been given for the denial of visa renewal, it is suspected that these three went beyond their journalistic brief and met some activists which alerted the Intelligence agencies.
HT reports that Wu was working in India for seven years while the other two were posted in Mumbai last year. Xinhua works directly under the jurisdiction of the State Council, or the Chinese Cabinet, headed by Premier Li Keqiang.