Perhaps India should begin stapling visas for all Chinese on the grounds they are not a free people, they live in a dictatorship. (We do not have to do this for people living in other dictatorships.)
Here are my views on this.Why do countries issue passports?
Passports are issued as identity documents that accept that the passport holder is a genuine citizen of the country in questionWhy do other countries stamp/stick visas on a passport?
That is to have a record on the passport that the passport holder has been given permission to travel to that country. Once the person actually travels, the visa is an indicator at the point of entry of foreign that the person has been checked out and may be allowed to enter. After that the passport is again stamped at the time of entry and departure as a permanent record of the person having entered and left the foreign country. The date and point of exit from and entry to India is also marked for the record.What if a man does not have a valid visa stamp?
Unless visa is not needed the man cannot enter the foregin country. India can stamp his passport and let him travel- but he will be kicked back by return flight/boat. That is the travellers problemWhat if the man has a stapled visa?
It means that the person has been given permission to enter, but the visa issuing country does not want to place on record that the man has been given permission to enter the country.
Now why would China grant a visa to a man from Aru. Pr. but not want to place it on record? That is because if they deny him permission, they are denying a person whom they call a resident of Chinese territory permission to enter China
. Technically they would want all residents of Aru. Pr. to enter and leave China without visas because they are supposed to be Chinese nationals according to the corner that the Chinese have painted themselves in. The Chinese do not want to leave any mark on a passport of an Aru. Pr resident that could be used "against them" to say [i]"Ha ha you fools - claim the territory but treat its residents as foreigners and issue them visas[
/i]" They are trying to have a "consistent policy" of idiotic pinpricks as if that will change anything.
How does it affect India? It is in India's interest to humiliate China here. China is caught on a cleft stick. If they refuse a visa then they are accepting that Aru Pr is foreign territory. If they stamp a visa in the passport, that is also an acceptance as a foreign national. So they give a stapled visa. India can easily accept a stapled visa. India is not interested in the visa. India is only interested in when the man leaves and enters India. They can endorse his passport and note that he has a stapled visa to China. Where he goes and his visa is his problem. India does not have to check every passport for a valid visa. The visas is for the immigration officials at the port of entry of the foreign country. By making a diplomatic incident India puts it on record that China has a silly, pointless policy in place where it actually issues a visa but does not want to admit it openly and does not have the balls to refuse a visa to all Aru Pr residents. If they do that India can retaliate by not issuing visas to some Chinese at India's pleasure. If India really wants a particular Aru Pr resident to enter China with a stamped visa India can fake the place of birth and have a separate passport for that . Pakistan does this all the time. What if India issues stapled visas to all Chinese?
That should not bother the Chinese in any way. They are not worried about whether a man going out of China has a valid visa or not. That is his problem. They only need a record of his leaving and entering their country. If the Chinese national goes to India and then courtesy RAW the Chinese is transported to say Vietnam or Taiwan and back without any papers, and then the man re-enters China legally, there is nothing that the Chinese can do about it. A stapled visa is not a problem to anyone but the traveller who needs to make sure he does not lose the piece of paper.
I would suggest that BRFites stop getting worked up over this.
Just an off topic query for those in the know. If you hold a valid green card for the USA but an Indian passport, will they let you in minus green card?