On Thursday, India criticized China for giving a few athletes from Arunachal Pradesh stapled visas and stated that it reserves the right to “appropriately respond” to such actions.
The spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry, Arindam Bagchi, stated that India has “strongly protested” the situation to the Chinese government and that there should be no discrimination against Indian people in the visa process based on their place of residence or race.
Because three Arunachal players received “stapled visas,” India withdrew its entire Wushu team from the World University Games in China following the incident.
What is a stapled visas that China decides to provide to Indian nationals from Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir?
A “stapled visas” is a piece of unstamped paper that is merely pinned to a passport page. It is simple to take out or separate this document from the passport. It differs from a regular visa, which is affixed to the passport by the issuing nation and stamped. Over the years, China has been indulging in this sort of behaviour by issuing stapled visas to Indian nationals from Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
The Chinese government Claims that, these ‘stapled visa’ are issued to Indian citizens from (A P) Arunachal Pradesh because it does not recognise the state as part of India. Meanwhile, New Delhi has asserted that China simply uses the ‘stapled visa’ as a political tool to affirm its claim over Arunachal Pradesh, which has always been a part of India.
India’s strong rebuttal
Shashi Tharoor, a senior member of the Congress, stated on Friday that India should simply begin providing stapled visas to anyone requesting an Indian visa from Tibet. Tharoor tweeted, “Enough is enough,” tagging a news article about China giving some Indian athletes from Arunachal Pradesh stapled visas.
We should just start giving stapled visas ourselves to anyone requesting for an Indian visa from Tibet rather than disappointing our athletes and every other Arunachali seeking a Chinese visa.
“What’s more, say we will keep on doing as such until the contested line among Tibet and India is settled,” the previous clergyman of state for outer undertakings said.
In the past, China also issued stapled visas to Indians from Arunachal Pradesh, eliciting strong opposition from New Delhi.
China has been laying claims over Arunachal Pradesh, saying it is important for Southern Tibet.
In April, India fully dismissed China’s renaming a few spots in Arunachal Pradesh, declaring that the state is a vital piece of India and relegating “designed” names doesn’t change this reality.