India, China making progress on stapled visa issue: Officials

India and China are making progress on the issue of stapled visas to residents of Jammu and Kashmir amidst indications that it should "no longer" be a problem once the Chinese authorities are done dealing with it.

Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 21:07 PM IST

New Delhi: India and China are making
progress on the issue of stapled visas to residents of Jammu
and Kashmir amidst indications that it should "no longer" be a
problem once the Chinese authorities are done dealing with it.
"Our embassy in Beijing has been in touch with the
consular department of the Foreign Ministry in China and they
have said they are working on a solution. And that they are
dealing with the problem and that it should no longer be a
problem once they are done dealing with it," officials said
here.
However, they said, "we are still waiting to see what the
result of that is" and refused to take the issue as "settled".

On the arrest of some Chinese nationals, including a
woman, in Uttar Pradesh near the Indo-Nepal border for
allegedly sneaking into Indian territory and taking pictures
of vital installations, according to Indian paramilitary
personnel, they said they are under judicial custody.

They have broken the law and "we have to go through the
process of law," the officials said.

PTI