You may call this a tit-for-tat response from New Delhi if you want but there is still a line of difference between what China did to India a few days ago and what India has now done to China.
Early this month, China vetoed a resolution tabled by India calling for a UN ban on Maulana Masood Azhar.
Azhar is the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the Pakistan-based terrorist outfit responsible behind numerous attacks on India including the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
China was the only country that did not support the resolution because of its interests in Pakistan
Now, India is learnt to have issued a visa to Dolkun Isa, a Munich-based Uyghur activist who China’s government calls a terrorist.
Isa will be in India between April 28 and May 1 to address a conference on China and democracy. Rubbing salt on China’s wounds, the conference is being held in Dharamsala, the city in Himachal Pradesh which persecuted Tibetan refugees from China have made their homes.
Dolkun Isa is the leader of the World Uyghur Congress, an organisation that calls for more rights for Uyghurs and democracy in China.
Isa is accused by China of terrorism and conspiracy to kill people in Xinjiang. He is a member of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), a group of persecuted Uyghurs 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 said.
But Indians are happy about it:
Isa is unlike Azhar. He leads a group whose president Yang Jianli was among the student protesters calling for democracy at Tiananmen Square in 1989. China’s violent response is known to all.
In 1997, Isa fled China for the West and sought asylum in Germany, where he has been living ever since. There are only two countries where Isa’s entry is not allowed – Taiwan and South Korea.
China has been using a mix of force and demographic gerrymandering to curb ethnic tensions in Xinjiang region. The Muslim-dominated region has been at odds with the communist Chinese government which curbs religious rights.