India withdraws from World University Games over visas

As a mark of protest against China’s decision to issue stapled visas — instead of stamped ones — to three athletes from Arunachal Pradesh, India withdrew its entire wushu (martial art) team from the World University Games which begin Friday in Chengdu, writes Mihir Vasavda for The Indian Express.

Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, called the Chinese decision “unacceptable”, adding that “India reserves the right to suitably respond to such actions”. “Our long-standing and consistent position is that there should be no discrimination or differential treatment based on domicile or ethnicity in the visa regime for Indian citizens holding valid India passports,” Bagchi said.

Over the years, China has been denying stamped visas to people from Arunachal Pradesh. It maintains a segregated approach to areas it considers disputed. India has been raising the issue with the Chinese. China has consistently denied stamped visas to Indian citizens from Arunachal Pradesh, citing territorial dispute.
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