New Delhi: India on Thursday described as
"unacceptable" the issuing of stapled visas to residents of
Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh by China.
"Issuing of stapled visas is unacceptable to India,"
Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters here.
He was responding to queries about the recent incident
involving two sportspersons from Arunachal Pradesh.
The two athletes were prevented by immigration officials
from boarding a flight yesterday from New Delhi to Beijing
since they had stapled visas given by Chinese Embassy on their
The Ministry of External Affairs has made it clear that
India considers Arunachal Pradesh as an integral part of India
and has conveyed to the Chinese side that a uniform process of
issue of visas to Indian citizens be followed regardless of
applicant`s ethnicity or place of domicile.
Needling India, China started issuing stapled visas to
people from Jammu and Kashmir from later part of 2008 in an
attempt to project it as a disputed area.
India had raised the issue during Chinese premier Wen
Jiabao`s three-day visit to New Delhi last month.
Asked about the recent reports on China`s military
build-up along Indian boundary and on intrusion by its troops,
Antony said, "we are modernising our armed forces with the
assessment of our security forces. Whatever modern weapons and
forces are required, we are providing it to them."
"I can say that compared to the past, our security
scenario is better than and it is better in both the western
and the eastern sector."