A special plane from India landed in China on Tuesday for the first time since the start of the Corona epidemic. This special plane carrying 107 Indian businessmen landed in the city of Hangzhou in eastern China. In fact, these people had been stuck in India since 2020 despite having business interests in China. Corona rules were already relaxed in India, but strict restrictions regarding Covid-19 are still in place in China and for this reason China has also imposed restrictions on international travel.
Significantly, under the Vande Bharat mission, India had operated special flights to evacuate its citizens from China. Since then, it is the largest group of Indians to reach China by special plane. Direct commercial flights between the two countries have been suspended since March 2020. Thousands of Indians, including a large number of students, are waiting to return to China to resume work and education and reunite with their families.
The special group of Indian businessmen boarded a special China Southern Airlines flight from New Delhi on Tuesday and landed in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province. These individuals will be required to undergo a 10-day quarantine and ongoing nucleic acid testing and containment protocol for Covid-19. After that, he will go to Yiwu. Yiwu city is a global center of small commodities.
Thousands of Indian merchants buy goods such as household appliances, toys, socks and electronics in bulk from Yiwu city to resell them all over the world. In 2021, Yiwu’s trade with India reached 17.58 billion yuan ($2.6 billion), a year-on-year increase of 38.5 percent, according to bureau data. of Yiwu trade.
China’s state-run Global Times quoted a Yiwu official on Wednesday as saying, “India is Yiwu’s second largest export destination. More than 2,000 Indian merchants lived in Yiwu during peak hours.” The business news website, Yikai Global, said in a report earlier this month: “The Yiwu (retail) market is important for small and medium-sized manufacturers of toys, textiles and electronics. Before the pandemic, more than 560,000 foreign merchants visited Yiwu to purchase items every year.” The decision to bring Indian merchants back to Yiwu was made by the government Eastern China’s Zhejiang Provincial and Yiwu authorities.