Stapled visas: India upset with China

India expressed unhappiness over the issuance of stapled visas by China to five sportspersons from AP although the issue appeared to have been resolved some months ago.

Last Updated: Jul 23, 2011, 20:30 PM IST

New Delhi: India on Saturday expressed unhappiness
over the issuance of stapled visas by China to five
sportspersons from Arunachal Pradesh although the issue
appeared to have been resolved some months ago.

"We are still searching for a de-stapler. We are
obviously not amused by the fact that they continue to issue
stapled visas for our nationals," government sources said here
adding that they were constantly in touch with Chinese
authorities on the issue.

Recently, the Chinese Embassy here issued stapled visas
to five karate players from Arunachal Pradesh, a step that
ensured that they could not take part in an international
championship in China as these documents were not valid for
travel.

The action by China came close on the heels of the claims
made by officials here that the issue has been resolved and
was also reflected in the resumption of the Indo-China defence
exchanges.

The five-member Arunachal team including gold medalist
Tavesaa were a part of 50 member Indian sports delegation
which was to take part in the 11th Asian Karate-do
Championship at Quanghou City from July 20 to 25.

In the case Arunachal Pradesh, visas were never issued
till early this year as China claims the whole of the
north-eastern state as its own and now has issued stapled
visas to the residents of the state.

Issuance of stapled visas by China to the residents of
Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh has been a sticky
issue between the two countries with India terming the action
as "unacceptable".

Needling India, China started issuing stapled visas to
people from Jammu and Kashmir from later part of 2008 in an
apparent attempt to project it as a disputed area.

The sources sought to ignore the recent comments of
Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo that India should dump
Japan in its quest for a permanent seat in the UN Security
Council if it expected Chinese backing.

There is no official communication to India, the sources
said about the comments made by Dai to CPI(M) leader Sitaram
Yechury during his recent visit to China.

PTI