外文标题：China regrets blocking Indian athletes’ travel
BEIJING: China said on Monday it regretted that two Indian athletes were blocked last week from going to China but defended measures it has put in place in response to a border dispute which led to the ban on the pair travelling.
Relations between the nuclear-armed Asian giants have been warming recently after decades of hostility following a 1962 border war. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is due to visit China this month.
Nevertheless, the refusal last Thursday by a Chinese airline to let the two teenage female archers board an aircraft bound for China, where they hoped to take part in a competition, underscored the sensitivity of the border dispute.
The pair were from Arunachal Pradesh, where India and China fought the border war in 1962. China claims the region as South Tibet.
China refuses to stamp visas into the passport of people from disputed territories, but staples them in instead, a practice that infuriates India. At times, even Chinese companies, like China Southern Airlines involved in last Thursday’s incident, reject such visas.
“We regret that the two young India athletes could not come to participate in the relevant competition,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing.
Indian politicians were outraged that the athletes could not go to China.
Despite fast-growing economic ties, the neighbours have done little to resolve overlapping claims along their 4,000-km (2,500-mile) border.
Hua said China’s stand on the border was clear and consistent and the related measures it took were “legal and effective”.
China had been flexible in handling the visa issue, in the absence of a resolution of the border dispute, to facilitate travel by people from both sides, she said.
She said the border problem could not be resolved overnight but leaders from both countries hoped to resolve it. She said she was not able to say if Singh would discuss the border with Chinese leaders on his October 23-24 visit.
Subash Chandra Dash (bhubaneswar)
The hidden agenda of china is not clear.Words and actions of china are mysterious. India should not believe any sweet words .
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First invade a defenless country by an huge army in 1950 without any basic reasons except somewhere sometime a map was found or shown showing the whole of asia being part of china and occupy, claim and start fight each neighbours! And now they say some 5000 years ago Arunachal pradesh was also part of the invaded region….the communist thugs who are unelected behave like mafia who enslaved chinese threatning all neighbours for no reasons. Its time to pay back in the same coin!
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Amit Thackeray (Bhayya Hunter)
Good they appologized!! Else India should teach China a lesson.
Nishkarsh Tyagi (Pune)
the Chinese are behaving same as Japan did with it in 1937…..power has corrupted them…but they must remember that it is all but temporary…and peaceful co-existence is the only answer…not having land dispute with every bordering nation.
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Sam Kapoor (New Delhi)
does CHINA regret occupying parts of INDIA as what the PAKISTAN DID (
We all are paying for just one person, who trusted you guys…………….. who are the traitors……….
Crockodile tears…………… who’s gonna believe in you………
Ritesh Gaikwad (Mumbai, Maharashtra, Ind)
India Should start giving stepelled Visa to Tibet region person
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Ranjith R (Hyderabad)
India needs an able and effective leadership to take on China. If we cannot even stand up to a disintegrating Pakistan effectively, i don’t know how we will ever solve our border problems with china in any effective way.
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Gangadharan Chandroth (Kannur (Cannanore), India)
It must be retaliated.They will use to demoralize India when ever they get Chance.India should abstain all such events which promote Chinese cause.China issued stapled viza to the J & K origin Indian citizen earlier.china is not the super power of the world.
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Rebel (B’lore) replies to Gangadharan Chandroth
Retailiated ? with what? dont forget 1962.
Third Artillery (China) replies to Gangadharan Chandroth
We are not a super power, but we generate more power than any other countries on this planet. Our citizens don’t go bed with empty stomach like some countries do. India provoked China with this plotted visa issue hoping it can gain something out from trouble making but it is doomed to fail. You can very well abstain any sport, it won’t make any difference anyways.
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15Aug1947 (Location) replies to Third Artillery
Although a part of it is true but there are many millions of the poorest too, maybe you are reading only censored chinese paper and media, and get more info from rest of the world, but dont want to admit it. Having food is not enough for a human, freedom is the fundamental one and without it life is worthless like jailed in 4 walls, and human mind & brain are addict to it. Success in economy only do not bring peace and prosperity unless it give freedom and rights to people. And understand once thing – simple cooperation and painful comprimises bring dividends and peace are made with enemies to turnover as friends!
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