India withdrew its entire wushu (martial art) team from the World University Games, which begin Friday in Chengdu, in protest at China’s decision to grant stapled rather than stamped visas to three athletes from Arunachal Pradesh. According to coach Raghvendra Singh, the decision was made hours after New Delhi airport officials stopped a group of eight people (five athletes, a coach and two support staff) at the boarding gate minutes before departure. departure Thursday night at midnight.
But, do you know anything about the Stapled Visa? Then this article will make all things clear.
Generally, when you travel abroad, the immigration officer puts a stamp in your passport to let it be known why you are visiting that country. But in the case of the Stapled Visa, the stamp is placed on an additional piece of paper instead of the traveler’s passport. This additional document contains all the details related to the trip of the Stapled Visa holder. That is why this additional paper is known as a Stapled Visa.
What countries issue stapled visas?
The stapled visa is issued by many countries. These countries are; Cuba, Iran, Syria and North Korea. These countries used to issue stapled visas to citizens of China and Vietnam, but after a mutual agreement between these countries, this process is stopped. China still issues stapled visas to citizens of two Indian states, i.e. Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, but China does not apply this policy to residents of other Indian states. Since China considers Arunachal Pradesh as part of Tibet and China has confiscated the territory of Tibet, that is why China considers Arunachal Pradesh as part of its country. China considers Arunachal Pradesh as its part, but people living in Arunachal Pradesh do not consider themselves Chinese citizens. That is the reason why China issues stapled visas to citizens of Arunachal Pradesh.
According to China, citizens of Arunachal Pradesh do not need a visa to travel to their own country i.e. China, but Arunachal Pradesh area is under the possession of India, so Staple Visa or Nathi Visa is issued for the town of Arunachal.
Why is it called a Stapled Visa?
The main reason for saying “Visa Stapled” is simply that the paper that is attached separately to the passport is stapled with the help of a “stapler”. That is why it is called a stapled visa.
Implications of the issuance of Stapled Visa:
1. It is a rule in stapled visa that when a passenger holding a stapled visa (like a resident of Arunachal) wants to return to his or her home country after completing his work in China, his stapled visa and his entry pass are torn off and exit. The passport of the person traveling does not record any details of this trip, which creates a security challenge for the administration of a country like India.
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2. A Stapled Visa does not leave a permanent trace in the passport. If China leaves a permanent mark on the passport of a J&K citizen. It implies that China is accepting that J&K is Indian territory, which China does not want to do.
3. If the stapled visa is issued to a citizen of India, then it is a challenge for the Indian government that an enemy country considers the land of an “independent country” as its territory.
4. A country objects to the issuance of a stapled visa because the country issuing the visa may conspire against the country whose citizens obtain the stapled visa because the stapled visa leaves no evidence of the travel undertaken by the holder of the stapled visa. The trip of the separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir to China is a strong proof of the same. It is worth knowing that since 2009, China started issuing visas to residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s message to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir is as follows:
“Since the Indian government monitors your foreign visits and after verifying your passport, the Indian government may come to know the details of your travels to China. Therefore, the Indian government may ask you to explain the reason for your travel to China. Therefore, the Chinese government has decided to grant you a stapled visa.”
In short, it can be said that China’s stapled visa policy is a conspiracy to invite anti-India elements to its country and conspire with the strategy of dividing united India. Perhaps this is the reason why the Indian government always criticized the Chinese government for issuing stapled visas to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
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