Denial of visa: India raises matter with China

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet and routinely protests visits by Indian leaders, foreign officials as well as the Dalai Lama to the area.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2016 7:44 am
Bamang Tago, Secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh State Badminton Association, was denied a visa by Beijing. (Express File) Bamang Tago, Secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh State Badminton Association, was denied a visa by Beijing. (Express File)

India on Thursday said that it has conveyed its displeasure with China on the issue of visa denial to Bamang Tago, a resident of Arunachal Pradesh and manager of the Indian badminton team which is to travel to Fuzhou for a sports event, and hoped that the Chinese side will address it in the spirit of reciprocity and smooth development of bilateral relations.

The Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Thursday, “This matter has been brought to our notice now. Government’s position on differential treatment of Indian passport holders is clear and well known. We have conveyed it to the Chinese side.

“We expect them to address this issue in the spirit of reciprocity and smooth development of bilateral relations,” he said, when asked about the complaint of Tago, who was denied visa for the China Super Series Premier Badminton Tournament.

Tago, who is also the Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Badminton Association, had also approached MEA after he was denied visa by the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi “on ground of Arunachal domiciles”, a day after applying for the travel document on November 10. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet and routinely protests visits by Indian leaders, foreign officials as well as the Dalai Lama to the area.

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First Published on: November 18, 2016 4:35 am
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