Beijing defends giving stapled visas to Arunachal archers

Beijing/New Delhi, Oct 14 : China on Monday said it regretted that two Indian archers from the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh were unable to travel to China for a sporting event and defended its policy of issuing stapled visas to the athletes as "consistent and clear cut".

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, addressing a regular briefing in Beijing, said: "We regret that the two young India athletes could not come to participate in the relevant competition."

She defended the measure of giving stapled visas to people from Arunachal Pradesh, saying: "China's position on the east end of the boundary between China and India is consistent and clear cut."

"China's practice with regard to the visa is a flexible move pending the resolution of the boundary question. This shows China's sincerity and flexibility," she said.

"We hope the Indian side can work with the Chinese side and maintain the sound momentum of personnel exchange and cooperation across the board," Hua said.

China lays claim to Arunachal Pradesh and considers it "disputed" territory.

India had on Saturday lodged a strong protest with China on the issuance of stapled visas to Maselo Mihu and Sorang Yumi. The two were part of a 24-member Indian squad. They were to travel to Wuxi, in southern China, for an Oct 13-20 youth world championship tournament.

The Archery Association of India (AAI) Friday denounced China for giving stapled visas to the two archers, calling it as an affront to India's sovereignty and integrity.

The Chinese embassy has issued stapled visas for Indian citizens hailing from Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh in the past.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is slated to visit China later this month.

--IANS (Posted on 14-10-2013)

world-news headlines

Atletico Mineiro call off Anelka pursuit

Guendogan to stay at Dortmund until 2016

Barcelona boss Martino bullish ahead of final

Afghan Taliban local commander killed, 4 injured

Brazilian fans drive World Cup ticket demand

Uruguay's coach says experience important for World Cup

Brazil minister defends World Cup spending

Ukraine on verge of civil war: Putin

Militant hideouts attacked in North Waziristan

Chile: UN offers support after devastating fires in Valparaiso

Ukraine: UN urges halt to propaganda, incitement to hatred

UN urges Israel to prevent takeover of West Bank building

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014


Your e-mail:

Your Full Name:

Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box


Back to Top