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China denies visa to Indian badminton manager as he hails from Arunachal

Tago said he was denied a visa by the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi on ground of being a Arunachal domicile, a day after applying for the travel document on November 10.

Beijing has denied a visa to Arunachal Pradesh’s Bamang Tago, the manager of Indian badminton contingent, that is taking part in the ongoing China Super Series badminton Tournament in Fuzhou.  Tago met Ministry of External Affairs officials on Friday about the matter.

The manager, who is also the Secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Badminton Association, said he was denied a visa by the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi on ground of being a Arunachal domicile, a day after applying for the travel document on November 10.

Following the complaint, India has conveyed to China that it will not accept differential treatment of Indian passport holders, the government said on Thursday.

Tago was to lead a 14-member Indian team on the invitation of Fuzhou Municipal Sports Bureau to participate in the Thaihot China Open which started on Wednesday and will conclude on November 20.

According to a report in ANI, the Chinese embassy in Delhi informed Tago that he had not yet been given a visa because of his Arunachal domicile status.

A territorial dispute exists between India and China over Arunachal Pradesh since the conclusion of the 1962 war between the two countries.

“It has been 54 years since the Chinese aggression of 1962 and 70 years of India’s Independence. The issue of Arunachal Pradesh remains unsettled because of the territorial dispute between India and China which has put the future of the Indigenous people of Arunachal in uncertainty,” Tago expressed.

“There has been no response from the Chinese Embassy since then. So today I met Mr Kiren Rijiju and sought his intervention. He told me he will look into the matter and enquire about it and get back to me. I am hoping something positive comes out,” Tago added.

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