Infrastructure & Safety

PM extends e-visa for Chinese nationals

BEIJING

In a confidence building measure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that India will grant e-visas to Chinese tourists.

“We have decided to extend electronic tourist visas to Chinese nationals,” Modi said addressing students and faculty at the prestigious Tsinghua University.

Hours before the Prime Minister’s announcement, foreign secretary S Jaishankar had said “no decision has been taken yet” on granting e-visas to Chinese tourists.

When asked about extending e-visa facility to Chinese tourists, Jaishankar this morning said, “We are expanding it bit-by-bit. With regard to China, no decision has been taken yet.”

Addressing the gathering at the university, Modi said, “About 33 per cent of the world’s population is either Indian or Chinese. Yet, our people know very little of each other”.

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