The Chinese embassy in New Delhi has agreed to issue visas to karatekas from Arunachal Pradesh, who will represent India in the 11th Asian Karate-do Championship (Junior and Cadet) to be held at Quanghou City in Fujjian province from July 20 to 25.
The embassy authorities took the decision after a prolonged discussion with Indian authorities, Arunachal Karate-do Association general secretary Langkung Marik said in a statement on Sunday.
A five member team from the state, with three karatekas, left for New Delhi on Sunday to join the 35 member Indian contingent for the global event, Marik said.
The karatekas from the state include Likha Lej (52 kg cadet boys), Tage Saa (65 kg junior boys) and Rei Yadi (53 kg junior girls).
Ignoring the strong protest by India against the issue of stapled visas to the people of J&K, China in fact had expanded its stapled visa regime to Arunachal Pradesh last January, when the visas were issued to two Arunchalees - Indian Weightlifting Federation's joint secretary Abraham K Techi along with a noted Arunchalee weightlifter.
They were to leave for Beijing on January 12 at the invitation of Chinese Weightlifting Association president Menguang on behalf of the China Weightlifting Grand Prix at Fujian province during January 15 to 17, but were stopped at the IGI airport.