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Stapled visas: AAPSU burn effigies of Chinese President

January 14, 2011

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/649968.aspx

The issuance of stapled visas to two Arunachalees by the Chinese embassy
in New Delhi has sparked strong protest in Itanagar on Thursday with a
student's union burning effigies of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Hundreds of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) activists
holding anti-China placards stalled traffic movement for a few hours at
Bank Tinali, the nerve centre of the state capital.

Indian Weightlifting Federation's Joint-Secretary Abraham K Techi along
with a weightlifter of the state were taken aback yesterday when
immigration officials at New Delhi's IGI Airport stopped them and turned
the two men away because of the stapled visas issued by the Chinese
Embassy.

The duo was to leave for Beijing at the invitation of Chinese
Weightlifting Association president Menguang on behalf of China
Weightlifting Grand Prix to be held at Fujian province during January 15
to 17.

Blaming the Centre as well as the state government for not taking the
issue seriously, AAPSU president Takam Tatung while talking to media
alleged that Arunachal was suffering because of India's "faulty foreign
policy."

"We are going to submit memorandums to the President and Prime Minister
of India soon requesting them to understand the sentiments of the people
of Arunachal and to initiate proper measures with China," Tatung disclosed.

Meanwhile, taking strong exception to the Chinese ploy of issuing
stapled visas to the two Arunachalees, former Lok Sabha member and newly
appointed BJP national general secretary Tapir Gao on Thursday urged the
Indian government to reciprocate the same by issuing stapled visas to
Chinese nationals visiting India.
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