China ready to issue visa to Indian students stuck at home for two years, decision on direct flight soon

The return of thousands of Indian students from China, who have been stuck at home for two years due to Chinese restrictions on Kovid-19, is easing. China has agreed to give them visas. Indian Ambassador to Beijing Pradeep Kumar Rawat has met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the issue. After which it is being […]
 


China ready to issue visa to Indian students stuck at home for two years, decision on direct flight soon

The return of thousands of Indian students from China, who have been stuck at home for two years due to Chinese restrictions on Kovid-19, is easing. China has agreed to give them visas. Indian Ambassador to Beijing Pradeep Kumar Rawat has met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the issue. After which it is being said that China has agreed to issue visas to Indian students. A decision on a direct flight from Delhi to Beijing (Delhi to Beijing flight) will be taken soon. Till now China has not given direct flight to the students.

Earlier there were reports that Pradeep Kumar Rawat had discussed with Wang the issue of return of students, including the resumption of direct flights disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Indian Embassy gave this information on Thursday. The issue of the return of Indian students also came up in the talks between Indian Ambassador to China Pradeep Kumar Rawat and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday.

Wang recalls meeting Jaishankar

Wang recalled his meeting with Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar during his visit to New Delhi in March this year. A press statement by the Indian embassy quoted Wang as saying that the Chinese side had highlighted the concerns of the Indian side over the return of Indian students and hoped for early progress in this regard. The press release said Wang also referred to talks between the two countries on restoring direct flight connectivity.

“Ambassador Rawat informed that the concerned agency in India is investigating the matter and we can see the progress in this matter very soon,” he said. China has started allowing some foreign students to return to their country in recent months. The first batch of 90 students from Pakistan reached the Chinese city of Xi’an on 20 June. The students stayed at home for almost two years because of China’s strict visa restrictions. Similarly, stranded students from many other countries including Russia and Sri Lanka are being gradually allowed to return.

In April, after repeated messages from India, China agreed to allow some Indian students to return and asked the Indian embassy here to collect information about students wishing to return. According to an official report from China, there are more than 23,000 Indian students studying in Chinese colleges. More than 12,000 Indian students have expressed their desire to return and their information has been sent to the Chinese government for further processing.