China mellows down, says it only expressed concern to India on Dolkun Isa's visa

Beijing: China on Tuesday said it had expressed concern to India through diplomatic channels over granting visa to Chinese dissident Dolkun Isa before it was revoked by New Delhi and hoped that the two sides would properly deal with the issue.

"We have noted relevant report. At first we saw that India planned to issue visa to Dolkun, we expressed our concern to the Indian side immediately," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing in Beijing when asked about India cancelling the visa.

World Uyghur Congress leader Dolkun Isa. Getty images

World Uyghur Congress leader Dolkun Isa. Getty images

"Dolkun is on the red notice of Interpol and we believe that it is the responsibility of all the countries to bring him to justice," she said.

"At the moment China and India are in very good communication and we hope the two countries will properly deal with the relevant issue," she said.

Later officials said that China had conveyed its concerns to India through diplomatic channels. It is not a protest but China's concerns has been conveyed to India, they said.

Isa, who heads the World Uyghur Congress, which campaigns for rights of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province which is in turmoil for several years over protests against the settlements of Hans from different parts of the country.

Xinjiang, which has over 10 million Uyghur population of Turkik-origin, was on the boil for several years over Uyghur protests against the large-scale settlements of Hans from different part of the country.

China blames al-Qaeda-backed East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for the violence in Xinjiang and other parts of the country.

Chinese officials allege that Isa provided funding and training to ETIM militants to facilitate their terrorist activities.

Earlier, a Chinese state-run Think Tank said that the cancellation of Isa's visa by India will contribute to healthy development of relations between the two countries and it shows their common views in fighting terrorism and separatism.

"India has made a cogitative decision, and shows the common views of China and India in fighting terrorism and separatism, and the determination of further cooperation," Fu Xiaoqiang, an expert on South Asian studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told the Global Times.

"It will contribute to the healthy development of relations between China and India," Hu said.

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Updated Date: Apr 26, 2016 17:47:23 IST

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