Beijing, Pretr. India and China have discussed the return of thousands of Indian students stuck at home for two years due to Beijing’s COVID restrictions and the resumption of direct flights disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The issue of the return of Indian students arose in the talks between Indian Ambassador to China Pradeep Kumar Rawat and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday.

expressed concern over the return of Indian students

Wang recalled meeting his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar during his visit to New Delhi in March this year. A press release by the Indian embassy quoted Wang as saying that the Chinese side values ​​the concerns of the Indian side regarding the return of Indian students and they look forward to seeing progress on this soon.

Discussion on resuming direct flight

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang also referred to discussions between the two sides on resuming direct flights. “Ambassador Pradeep Kumar Rawat informed that relevant agencies in India are aware of the matter and we can see progress in this matter very soon,” the statement said. China has started allowing “certain” foreign students to return to the country in recent months.

First batch of Pakistani students reached China

The first batch of 90 Pakistani students, who were stuck at home for nearly two years due to China’s strict visa restrictions, reached the Chinese city of Xian on June 20. According to media reports from Pakistan, they are part of 250 Pakistani students China has agreed to allow to return based on their needs, while thousands of others await Beijing’s nod. Similarly, some students stranded from other countries including Russia and Sri Lanka are being gradually allowed to return.

12 thousand medical students expressed their desire to return to China

China has agreed to allow the return of some Indian students after repeated representations from India in April. Here the Indian embassy has been asked to collect the details of those who want to return.

According to official reports from China, more than 23,000 Indian students are studying in Chinese colleges, mostly medical courses.

– More than 12,000 Indian students have expressed their desire to return. Their details have been sent to the Chinese government for their return.

China is yet to come up with a criterion to allow the return of students as Beijing is reluctant to allow large numbers of students in view of the recent rise in the number of cases in the country.

Announcement of China Visa to Indian Professionals and their Families

Last week, China announced plans to provide visas to Indian professionals working in various Chinese cities and their families who have been home-quarantined for more than two years due to Beijing’s COVID visa restrictions. The Chinese Embassy in India has taken the initiative to resume work in all sectors. Under this, the Kovid Visa Policy has been updated after more than two years to accept visa applications of foreign nationals and their accompanying family members wishing to visit China.

Direct flight between India and China has not started yet

This week it has updated the COVID protocol to be followed by visa holders to travel to China. While opening up visa services for Indians, China and India are yet to announce plans to resume flight services between the two countries. At present, only diplomats travel between the two countries on expensive third country flight routes.

Edited By: Arun Kumar Singh