India Denies Visas To 2 More Chinese Dissidents: An Analysis
After withdrawing Uighur leader Dolkun Isa’s visa to visit Dharamsala for a conference on April 28, the Indian government on Thursday reportedly denied visa to a well-known Tiananmen activist Lu Jinghua.
New Delhi’s move comes days after it withdrew Germany-based Uighur leader Dolkun Isa’s visa to visit Dharamsala for a conference after China raised objections. Isa is branded by China as a ‘terrorist’.
India’s move to grant the visa was seen as a retaliatory measure after China blocked the listing of Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist at the UN.
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While Isa was quick to claim that “Chinese pressure” appeared to be the “main reason” for India cancelling the visa, officials said that the issue fell between two stools, the Home Ministry and the Ministry for External Affairs.
The government had earlier issued a visa to Isa, inviting Chinese criticism. The Chinese government considers Isa a ‘terrorist’ and also used its influence to get a red notice issued against him by Interpol.
MEA officials distanced themselves from the decision, saying Home was the agency involved and that they were “not kept in the loop”.
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