Why is China issuing separate visas to residents of Indian Kashmir?

October 2, 2009

New Delhi is barring residents of Indian Kashmir from travelling to China on separate visas issued by the Chinese embassy.

Saifuddin Soz, senior Kashmiri leader and member of India’s ruling Congress party, has said the decision by China to issue hand-written visas on loose sheets of paper to Kashmiris was “not acceptable”.

Why is China issuing separate visas to people from Indian Kashmir?

Separatist leaders say that China’s decision to issue visas to Kashmiris on loose sheets reflects Beijing’s recognition of Kashmir as disputed territory.

Kashmir, where tens of thousands of people have been killed since an anti-India insurgency broke out in 1989, is divided between India, Pakistan and China.

India controls around 45 percent of the former princely state, Pakistan around a third and China the rest, a largely uninhabited slice of high-altitude desert.

China has given no explanation for its move, but New Delhi took up the matter with the Chinese embassy and asked Beijing to stop discriminating against Indian nationals on the basis of their “ethnicity” and “domicile”.

“How would they feel if India only offers a stamped visa to Tibetans while issuing visas on a separate paper for the applications residing in other parts of China,” an official from the Ministry of Home Affairs was quoted as saying by the Economic  Times.

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who calls for greater autonomy and cultural freedom for Tibet, has lived in northern India since fleeing Tibet during a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of wanting independence for Tibet.

Beijing’s new visa policy for Indian Kashmir may affect only a handful of residents and businessmen of the disputed Himalayan region but diplomatic implications of the Chinese move could affect relations between Beijing and New Delhi.

China currently has little interest in stoking tensions, as it has been trying in recent years to reassure nervous Western nations that its economic rise will not be matched by military expansion. Diplomats like to talk of “peaceful development”.

Then why is China issuing visas to residents of Indian Kashmir on loose sheets of paper and not on Indian passports?

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“HINDI CHINY BAI BAI”????????

PANDITH CHACHA NEHRU WAS RIGHT.V CAN LIVE TOGHETHER!

V WERE BORN THE SAME DAY.HE DIED ON THE SAME DAY LIKE “PROPHET MOHAMED,{peace be upon him}” WHO WAS IN MEKKA{WENT TO MADINA}.

X “P.M.NEHRU” AND I SHARE THE SAME DATE OF BIRTH.
Lets not challenge ourselves and be doomed!

TOGETHER WE CAN ACHIEVE MANY………

Posted by Dr.Mohamed firoze chekku. | Report as abusive

LETS ALL FOCUS ON OUR OWN ISSUES LIKE,
1.NATURAL DISSATER.
2.EDUCATION @ HIGHEST STANDARDS,BRING HOME THE BEST TEACHERS AND TEACH OUR STUDENTS !1ST.
3.THEN BLAME,BLAME ANYBODY ELSE LAST…….

THIS IS according to ME AND BY CALCULATIONS AND THOUGHTS,ALL OTHER IDEAS ARE WELLCOME.pls.ignore me if Iam wronge.

Posted by Dr.Mohamed firoze chekku. | Report as abusive

EVERY TIME THERE IS A SCARECEITY FOR FOOD,humanbeings have fought like animals according to HISTORY.

“THEN IT WAS SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST”.

“LETS PRAY THAT GOD BE WITH HUMANBEINGS AND ANIMALS AND NOT WITH THE BEASTS”.

AMEEN.

Posted by Dr.Mohamed firoze chekku. | Report as abusive

kashmir for the kashmiris only, please. india and pakistan please give back our territory so that we can form one nation. as independent nation we want all kashmiris to return, muslim and non-muslim kashmiris. all those who are writing about our freedom, are you really supporting us? today we have seperate visas, tomorrow seperate passports. and this is the third time i am writing a comment but not getting published. why? many have written immoderate things. do we have censorship? i think reuters is very irresponsible.

Posted by ms | Report as abusive

Kashmir is of India.

Posted by Rohit | Report as abusive

China always has a policy behind its great wall. no one knows whats going within there…. lets see how the future actions prove out to be…..

Posted by Saqib | Report as abusive

Dont know what makes China take up such a cause after delay of time….. May be it thinks that its the time to take India for a messy ride

Posted by Sameer | Report as abusive

CHINA SHOULD NOT FORGET THAT INDIA HAS TIBET CARD. INDIA IS NOT THE SAME COUNTRY AS IT WAS IN 1962. KASHMIR, ARUNACHAL AND ALL OTHER STATES ARE INTEGRAL PARTS OF INDIA. INDIA IS NOTHING WITHOUT ANY OF ITS STATES AND ANY STATE OF INDIA IS NOTHING WITHOUT INDIA. CHINA SHOULD AVOID SUCH CHILDISH PROPOGANDAS. IT IS A PEACELOVING NATION. BUT CHINA OR PAKISTAN SHOULD NOT UNDERESTIMATES ITS CAPABILITIES .
BUT CHINA IS ARROGENT INDIA WILL HESITATE TO USE ITS ARMS.
STOP CHILDISH PLAY. OTHERWISE BE READY TO SEE OUR PERFORMANNCE( TIBET/XINKIANG/TAIWAN/VIETNAM/JAPAN/RUSS IA).
JAI BHARAT MATA.JAI HIND.

Posted by Munna Dwivedi | Report as abusive

Yes China keep supporting Pakistan with Kashmir and then not only will you have a few Uighurs to deal with but will also have the Talibans sitting on your border once they take over Kashmir. Then the riots by Uighurs this year will look like a picnic compared to what the Talibans can do with the nukes you supplied Pakistan.

Posted by Yep Me | Report as abusive

I think that the china is trying to show india that there are other big fishes in south asia…. it is trying to bow the indian highlights of its supremacy….. India has never been so determined about the borders with china… but now is the time

Posted by stanz | Report as abusive

We could not kill Kashmir issue for 62 years despite using sheer power, so it is time to think seriously and settle Kashmir issue according to the wishes of Kashmiris, UN resolutions and as agreed at the time of Indo-Pak partition, otherwise we are always in danger of nuclear war and ongoing hatered between India and Pakistan

Posted by junee | Report as abusive

let us see if india belives in only wait n watch police…. or whether india is really capable of any action

Posted by fahad | Report as abusive

its time india show its stand firmly and with direction and purpose/india has never been assertive enough on issues related to Indo-China disputes.

Posted by uday | Report as abusive

i did my graduation in shillong/the college was full of students from various racial or communal backgrounds/majority of them has always been the nagas and the mizos/one of them tries to dominate the other all the time in every sphere of college curriculum or extra-curriculum/sometime they go for full fleged battles/but ironically the fights begin from silly disputes like plates for food…….whereas the problem lies with their ego …………….this is exactly what is happening with India and China

Posted by uday | Report as abusive