Despite curbs, Chinese ‘tourists’ get permit, visit Arunachal

The duo reportedly obtained Protected Area Permits (PAP) for visiting the state, even though Chinese citizens are not issued permits in view of China’s claim over the state.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published:November 4, 2016 3:09 am

Arunachal Pradesh officials seemed to have made a faux pas as two Chinese citizens were given a permit to visit the state. Government norms restrict entry of people from certain countries, including China, to the state. Wu Chong Shong and Young James John have already left the state.

They reportedly obtained Protected Area Permits (PAP) for visiting the state, even though Chinese citizens are not issued permits in view of China’s claim over the state.

The duo were issued PAP by an official in the state’s deputy resident commissioner’s office in Guwahati for 30 days, starting September 12. The permit stated that it had been issued for “tourism purposes”.

A copy of the PAP was found at a hotel in Bomdila. Sources said an inquiry was being ordered into the matter.