Experts believe that India’s decision to cancel visa granted to World Uyghur Congress (WUC) leader Dolkun Isa, shows determination to develop ties with China.
"India has made a cogitative decision, and shows the common views of China and India in fighting terrorism and separatism, and the determination of further cooperation," said Fu Xiaoqiang, an expert on South Asian studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations was quoted as saying by Global Times.
He added, “The cancellation of Isa’s visa by Indian government will contribute to healthy development of relations between the two countries and shows their common views in fighting terrorism and separatism.”
On Monday, in a major U-turn, Indian Government had cancelled the visa given to Isa, to participate in a conference, scheduled in Dharamsala, apparently buckling under pressure from China.
Isa,who lives in Germany, had been invited for the conference being organised by US-based 'Initiatives for China'.
Reacting to the Indian move, Isa had said, “Indian officials have sent him an email stating that the visa issued to him has been cancelled.”
India’s decision last week to allow WUC leaders whom China regards as backers of terrorism in its volatile Muslim- dominated Xinjiang province had come in the backdrop of Beijing blocking India’s bid to get Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN.
China, which considers WUC leaders as supporters of terrorism in its Xinjiang province, had stated that Dolkun is a ‘terrorist’ on Interpol’s Red Corner.
Xinjiang, which has over 10 million Uyghur population of Turkik-origin Muslims, has been on the boil for several years over Uyghur protests against the large-scale settlements of Han Chinese from different parts of the country.