Indian sailors stuck because freight forwarder does not want to adjust plans due to commercial interests: China
China said on Wednesday that the “real” reason Indian sailors are trapped in China is that the “freight forwarder does not want to adjust plans due to commercial interests.”
The spokesman for the Chinese embassy in India, Councilor Ji Rong, also said that the Chinese authorities “have never denied the departure of any ship.”
On Twitter, the spokesperson said: “The Chinese authorities have been in close communication with the Indian side and have provided timely assistance and necessary supplies to the Indian sailors. China has never denied the departure of any ship. The real cause of the situation is that the freight forwarder does not want to adjust the plans due to commercial interests. ”
Earlier today, Union Transport Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the Indian sailors trapped in China will be returned to India soon, as diplomatic talks with the neighboring country are underway.
“There is a diplomatic discussion on this issue. Our seafarers will be returning to India very soon, ”Mandaviya said when asked ‘what steps the government has taken to bring back 39 seafarers trapped in Chinese ports over the past seven months.
“The cargo ship MV Jagannath has been anchored near the Jingtang port in China since June 13 and has 23 Indian nationals on board. Another ship, MV Anastasia, which has 16 Indian nationals has been anchored near the Caofeidian port in China since September 20. Both ships are awaiting the unloading of cargo, ”said MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava.
“Our embassy in Beijing has been in constant contact with the provincial and central government authorities in China on this matter. They are requesting that ships be allowed to unload their cargo and that crew members be allowed to change, ”he added.