China denies rejecting visa to India's Aruncahal Pradesh-based badminton manager

Beijing: China refuted allegations that it denied a visa to the manager of the Indian badminton team on the grounds that he is a resident of Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as Southern Tibet, saying he himself cancelled his visa application.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Bamang Tago, who is also the secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Badminton Association, had applied for a Chinese visa at its embassy in New Delhi to travel to Fuzhou for the ongoing China Super Series Premier badminton tournament.

"What you said does not comply with the facts," a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, told reporters while commenting on the Tago's visa issue. "According to what we learnt, the person you have mentioned had previously gone to the Chinese embassy in India for visa application, but later he himself cancelled the visa application," Geng claimed.

Asked whether Togo was denied visa because he hails from Arunachal Pradesh, Geng said, "The way China issues visa to relevant people is a flexible approach adopted by China to facilitate exchanges between two sides pending the final settlement of the boundary question."

"It fully reflects China's sincerity and flexibility. We hope that India will work together with China to maintain sound momentum of personnel exchanges and cooperation in different fields between the two sides," he said.

China has in the past declined visas to residents of Arunachal Pradesh, as it considers the area to be part of southern Tibet. Reports from New Delhi said Tago has approached Ministry of External Affairs 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  10 November.

Following this External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, "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," Swarup had said.


Updated Date: Nov 18, 2016 16:22 PM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See