India's visa policy 'pain in butt': Chinese media

NEW DELHI: India has long since stopped talking about it, but China's state-run media is still harping on about India not getting into...

NEW DELHI: India has long since stopped talking about it, but China's state-run media is still harping on about India not getting into the Nuclear Suppliers Group and therefore taking "revenge" on Beijing by being "petty" and by making its business visa policy "a pain in the butt."

Yes, "pain in the butt" are the exact words used in the Chinese state-run Global Times's latest salvo against India.
"Although news about India's latest reform on GST+ galvanized waves of optimism among business communities across China, for Chinese nationals, a business visa to India remains a pain in the butt," the article in the state-run news agency said.
The article further said that India is wielding its visa policy as a "weapon", which is "not only petty, but may even backfire severely" on its own long-term interests. And India's doing all of this because it sees China as the "culprit" that blocked its entry into the elite nuclear club, the Chinese news agency added.
India recently refused to renew the visas+ of three Chinese journalists who worked for the state-run Xinhua. Indian government intelligence sources said this was because the so called journalists were under a cloud as they were using fake names to get into sensitive areas and to talk to high-level government personnel.
Global Times said in an article at the time that the allegations were all false. In its latest article the news outlet said India was just using that as an excuse to hit back at Beijing over its non-support or India's membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group. (NSG).
"Unlike non-work tourism visas that can be issued promptly via the e-visa system, most other types of visa must go through the tedious process. Just like the 'sensitive' journalist visa, business visas also require approval from Indian Ministry of Home Affairs on a case-by-case basis," wrote Global Times.
Visa as 'diplomatic weapon'
China opposed India's bid to join the NSG+ stating that it is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty+ . China further said it might allow India into the NSG if Pakistan is also allowed in. Pakistan is a known proliferator, but China never mentioned that in all the back-and-forths before the NSG plenary in June.
Therefore, China's media believes India is indeed taking revenge with its visa policy towards Chinese nationals. China's Global Times cited that proof of this is that "many Indian commenters (sic) regarded these (visa) actions as crafty moves." The articles didn't quote any Indian commentators.
"New Delhi countered these were routine decisions made without particular political considerations, let alone any intention to take revenge, but a strong message had been conveyed to Beijing: New Delhi is unhappy and here is the consequence. These actions were staged as less visible confrontation, but they effectively expressed displeasure much to Beijing's discomfiture," Global Times wrote.
'India's overcautious'
In addition, China's media - which is familiar with Beijing throwing out foreign journalists from the country if they write critical articles - accused India of being "overcautious".
"As a result, procrastination is simply rampant, due to the Indian authorities' overcautious policy arrangements and huge volume of mandatory documentation," Global Times wrote.
China is notorious for its scrutiny over its own visa process. Still, when India is similarly so, China's media says its Home Ministry is "putting hurdles" in the way.
"After several rounds of talks between the commerce, home and external affairs ministries (on the visa issue), no inroad has been made so far, however. It seems that the visa reform has run into the security hurdles put up by the Home Ministry, which raised concerns over extending the visa reform to Chinese nationals," the article said.
hina also often uses its visa policy as a diplomatic weapon. However, India shouldn't do that, the Chinese media outlet wrote.
" also takes Indian decision-makers some courage to reform the time-honored visa regime, giving up visa policy as diplomatic weapon. After all, visa rules should be reflective of the political and economic realities across the border, but not short-run ups and downs in the bilateral interactions," the article said.
Source: Times of India



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