But this is not new. China has been issuing stapled visas to Arunachal Pradesh residents as its claims parts of the state as its own, and also those belonging to Jammu and Kashmir which it considers a “disputed” territory.
Khurshid said the Indian government has its own standard procedures to deal with such periodic events. “In the past, we have resolved these issues with these procedures, sometimes through diplomatic means and sometimes through just the passage of time,” he said.
India follows a two-track approach with China. They collaborate, cooperate and move forward in areas with no differences. Simultaneously, they handle differences in perception on the boundary issue through established mechanisms.
About Pakistan, Khurshid termed “unwelcome and extremely upsetting”, saying “the army is dealing with it but I can’t say it is conducive to a faster movement towards normalisation.”