Nearly a month after the External Affairs Ministry raised the issue, China on Friday announced plans to permit the return of “some” Indian students stranded here for over two years following visa and flight restrictions imposed by Beijing after the pandemic.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated that 'China acknowledges that there are a large number of Indian students studying in China, and it may take some time to collect all their names. But under the severe conditions of the pandemic, it is open to allowing some of them'.
According to estimates, over 23,000 Indian students, mostly studying medicine, are stuck in India after they returned home following the Covid-19 outbreak in China. This has impacted their education.