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Friday, July 22, 2011

INDO-CHINESE ROW: Chinese visa policies cast a shadow over ties!

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ANANTH KRISHNAN / The Hindu / BEIJING, July 22, 2011.

Arunachal upset that Karate team with stapled visas was prevented from boarding a flight
The Arunachal Pradesh government on Thursday expressed anger and surprise that a karate team from the State, bound for China, was prevented from boarding a flight in New Delhi on Tuesday night after its members were issued stapled visas by the Chinese Embassy.
Its reaction underscored persisting ambiguity over China's visa policies, which have cast a shadow over bilateral relations in recent months.
Defence exchanges
Last year, India suspended defence exchanges after China refused to issue a visa to a top military official, citing its stapled visa policy for Indian citizens in Jammu and Kashmir. Defence ties were resumed last month, only after Indian officials said China had appeared to rescind the policy, issuing regular visas to both military officers and visiting civilians from the State in recent months.
In January, however, China began issuing stapled visas to residents of Arunachal Pradesh, again leaving unclear the country's visa policy towards States it disputes.

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