Stapled visa for Arunachal residents a ‘goodwill’ gesture, says Chinese Foreign Minister

This is the first time that a Chinese leader has used such an argument to defend stapled visas for Indian nationals.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2014 3:52 pm
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in the capital on Sunday. (Source: Express photo) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in the capital on Sunday. (Source: Express photo)

After conveying Chinese President Xi Jinping’s message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that India will achieve greater development and progress under his leadership, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Monday said Beijing resorted to stapled visas for residents of Arunachal Pradesh as a “goodwill” gesture so as to facilitate their “outbound and overseas travel”.

Wang, who addressed a press conference after his meetings with Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee, said responding to a question, “In the eastern sector of China-India border, relatively big area is in dispute. This is an objective fact. However, people living in those areas need to interact with each other. So, as a special arrangement, we have resorted to stapled visa to address the need of the local people to travel.”

“This is a gesture out of goodwill and out of our own flexibility. If we do not do that, we will not be able to address the question concerning the outbound and overseas travel of these people. This practice has been going on for relatively a long period of time, and if it is acceptable to the Indian side, it could be continued in the future because it does not undermine or compromise our respective positions on the boundary question…will also be able to help us address the issues concerning travel of people living in those areas,” the Chinese Foreign Minister said.

This is the first time that a Chinese leader has used such an argument to defend stapled visas for Indian nationals. India has never accepted stapled visas for Indians — be it from Arunachal Pradesh or from Jammu and Kashmir — and have repeatedly protested them at various levels.

Wang also pushed for a “convenient visa” regime, since large number of people have to travel. He said a visa simplification agreement has been reached, and hoped it can be signed at an early date.
On the border dispute, he said through years of “concerted efforts”, the two sides are discussing the framework agreement which is a “crucial stage”.

Wang, who met Modi Monday afternoon, said the new leadership has brought a “strong and new wind” that can be felt across the country. Their 45-minute meeting was described as “constructive and cordial” by officials.

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    Himanshu Agarwal
    Jun 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm
    yeh aise nahi sudharne wale....Waise inki taraf se aur koi umeed rakhna bhi bekar tha...sare chinese maal per ban laga do, apne aap line per aayenge.....
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      Guest
      Jun 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm
      We must fortify our borders.. fast !
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        Harry
        Jun 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm
        That's great..please discuss extending the same generosity to people in other parts of India too..meanwhile, we shall reciprocate the generous Chinese gesture with one of our own by issuing a similar Visa to the residents of Tibet which would offer them same benefits allowing them to intermingle with their Lama and their government in exile.
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          Thomas Stephen
          Jun 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm
          Its high time India reciprocate their good will gesture by issuing stapled visas to Taiwanese and Tibetan residents
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            Hanuman
            Jun 10, 2014 at 3:50 am
            This is not good will gesture but an arrogant one...
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              Leo Frank
              Jun 10, 2014 at 8:56 am
              Clear signal that China is throwing overtures with an intent to bully India. Modi government needs to deal and bargain hard with them.
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                Jitendrakumar Nalawade
                Jun 11, 2014 at 4:01 am
                Start good will gesture for ppl from tibet.
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                  Narandra Dashora
                  Jun 10, 2014 at 11:09 am
                  The staple VISA controversy shows the atude of China. In fact nothing has changed in international politics . May it be stan or China we have enemies. Sushama must now comment whether this position would have been acceptable , had there been congress Government. She should have immediately reacted to it.
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