Beijing will now allow those Indians to return to China who have been stuck India due to strict visa restrictions implemented by the neighbouring country due to the coronavirus disease.
The Chinese Embassy in India on Monday updated its policy to accept visa applications of foreign nationals and their family members who want to go to China to resume work. Beijing is also processing requests of thousands of Indian students studying in Chinese universities who wish to resume their physical classes, reported PTI.
China follows a strict “zero-Covid-19” policy to control the spread of the coronavirus disease and has banned foreign students from entering the country since the pandemic broke out in December 2019. More than 20,000 Indian students, enrolled in Chinese universities, are stranded in India for over two years and are currently studying through online classes.
China was the only country to have banned the entry of foreign students, except those from South Korea. However, in recent months, it began allowing students from countries such as Pakistan, Thailand, Solomon Islands and Sri Lanka to return.
Since February, Indian students have been campaigning and demanding that they be allowed to return to Chinese universities. They have repeatedly urged the Indian government to take up the matter with China.
In April, China had said it will…