With China unwilling to de-escalate along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India has decided to bring more Chinese activities in the country under curb. Having banned scores of Chinese apps here, New Delhi is now employing all possible methods to punish Beijing for its obstinate behaviour in Ladakh.
Sources told The Daily Guardian that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is personally interacting with top MEA brass in this regard. “It was during his Independence Day speech that PM Modi had set the agenda of toughening stand against China and Pakistan,” said an official.
With India having already made it difficult for China to have smooth run in trade sector, now the fresh move that New Delhi has made in that direction is that scrutiny for vias has been made much tougher to put a curb on Beijing’s activities here. Moreover, the government is strictly reviewing China’s links with local universities, an official said.
According to sources, visas for Chinese businessmen, academics, trade experts, other professionals, etc, will now need prior security clearance. Sources said from now onwards getting visas for Chinese will not be any easy job. “More and more applications will continue to be declined, with the result that several of Chinese activities in India will be halted and slowed down,” said an informed source.
Similarly, the activities of Indian university which have direct or indirect tieups with Chinese academic groups or institutions will also be curbed to a larger extent. Sources said that PM Modi is strict and has asked the officials concerned in MEA, HRD and Home Ministry to work in tandem to ensure that the earlier MoUs in this field are reviewed quite seriously. “The hint is clear that many of MoUs may now be at the risk of being scrapped under special provisions of the law,” said an official. “Tie-ups of some educational centres with Chinese institutions may be done away with,” said an officer. Chinese use their tie-ups to interfere in the functioning of different systems of the country through whatever influence they are able to have access to.
This move of India is aimed at punishing an adamant China whose army continues to be in standoff with India’s troops along LAC. India has already banned dozens of apps of China resulting in setback to its economy. In addition this, Chinese investments in several of Indian companies have also been blocked by the government. More such measures are in the offing and they will be more drastic in nature, says an official.