China fumes over Indian visa to Uyghur ‘terrorist’ to attend democracy meet

(From Hindustan Times)

Beijing has reacted with seething anger after India issued a visa to a Germany-based Uyghur activist, branded a terrorist by the Chinese government, to attend a conference on democracy and China in Dharamsala later this month.

Dolkun Isa

Dolkun Isa

The man in question, Munich-based Dolkun Isa from the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) has been accused of terrorism and conspiracy to kill people in Xinjiang in China’s remote north-west region. The WUC is a grouping of Uyghur community outside China.

“Dolkun Isa is a terrorist on red notice of Interpol and the Chinese police. Bringing him to justice is a due obligation of relevant countries,” China’s ministry of foreign affairs told HT in an emailed response late on Thursday.

On his part, the exiled Uyghur Isa confirmed to HT over email that he has received an electronic visa from India and is looking forward to his first visit to the country.

“Yes, I am invited one of the conference in Dharamsala which will be held between 28 April and May 1. I am planning to go, so I have got the electronic visa for India,” he told HT. “I really want to visit India because I have never been to India,” he said, adding: “India is one of my dream countries to visit”. Read More

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