China’s G20 Delegation Faces Suspicion Over Unscanned Bags
China‘s G20 delegation, under the leadership of Prime Minister Li Qiang, stirred controversy during their stay at the Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi. When the group, who was there to represent President Xi Jinping, refused to let their 20 suspicious luggage be examined, it raised suspicions of possible spying.
The Suspicious Bags and the Hotel Standoff:
The Chinese delegation, consisting of six members, including a woman, had 20 unusual bags with them during their stay at the Taj Palace Hotel. When hotel staff requested the bags to be scanned and inspected, tensions escalated as the delegation vehemently opposed the idea.
Initially, the hotel staff had permitted the bags to go unchecked, but they promptly alerted security officers to the peculiar situation. Subsequently, three security officers were stationed outside the Chinese delegation’s hotel room, with shifts changing every hour.
The Bags Relocated to the Chinese Embassy:
After a twelve-hour standoff, the Chinese delegation finally agreed to move the bags to their embassy in India. The most noteworthy feature of these bags was their size, with each bag reaching 1 meter in length, 1 meter in width, and 10 inches in thickness.
A special crew accompanied the luggage as they were transported safely to the embassy, and reports indicate that intelligence agents made an effort to ascertain the contents of the packages.
Investigations into Surveillance Devices:
Intelligence officials are currently investigating whether these bags concealed off-the-air type surveillance and jamming devices. It is suspected that a Chinese electronics company may be involved in the supply of such SIG-NIT (signal-intelligence) gathering devices for espionage purposes.
Vienna Convention and Diplomatic Immunity:
The reason these bags were not subjected to airport checks is attributed to the Vienna Convention of 1961, which governs diplomatic relations between countries. According to this convention, diplomatic bags cannot be opened or confiscated. They must be clearly marked as diplomatic, and this diplomatic immunity extends to the contents of such bags.
Political Sensitivity and Silence:
Notably, no formal remark has been made about this incident by any Chinese government. It is believed that the Chinese delegation maintained silence due to the presence of the Brazilian President at the Taj Palace Hotel and the proximity of the ITC Maurya Hotel, where U.S. President Joe Biden was staying.
The G20 summit, which saw Prime Minister Li Qiang represent China instead of President Xi Jinping, took an unexpected turn with the suspicious bags incident The utilization of a chartered plane for Li Qiang’s visit, a break from customary Chinese leadership practice, only serves to heighten the intrigue surrounding this issue. The globe keeps a tight eye on the investigations as they go, conscious of the precarious balance between diplomatic immunity and national security considerations.