Delhi said that in the last few months at least 39 Indian nationals have been stranded in two Chinese water vessels. The Indian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that efforts were on to bring back the citizens. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports.

Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava said, MV Jag Anand, which was anchored near Jingtang port in Hubei province, China from June 13, had 23 Indian crew members. In addition, MV Anastasia has been anchored near the Seafedian port since 20 September. He said there were 16 more Indians on the ship awaiting release.

Anurag Shrivastava said that the Indian government was in regular contact with China to ensure humanitarian assistance to the stranded Indians. “Our embassy is in regular contact with the Chinese authorities,” he said. According to Chinese officials, the crew changes on these ships are not being approved due to the ban on corona imposed by local authorities.

Tensions between China and India have been high for the past few months. Military tensions between the two countries continue despite deadly clashes between the military members of the two countries along the Ladakh border. India also banned many Chinese apps. It also called for a boycott of Chinese products in India.

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