“Prior security clearance” for China entities as well

As Indo-China relations remain sensitive due to a lack of progress in talks on resolving the border situation in Ladakh, the government places visas for people linked to some Chinese research organizations, business forums, and advocacy groups under the “requirement for prior screening/clearance.”

An official notice received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that prior security clearance is required for visas supported by Entities of Concern. In these cases, the “prior security clearance” would be issued by the Delhi government.

The note says that “the Chinese government has established an outreach network that includes think tanks and business forums around the world to influence parts of countries.
“The visa-grant measures will be similar to those for Pakistan. This step is seen to be related to deteriorating relations between Beijing and Delhi following Chinese entry along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh at multiple ‘friction points’.

A government official said the collaboration is also being checked from various institutions, including IITs, BHU, and JNU. These activities are likely to be scaled down, according to the official, specifically for course conducting in Mandarin.

The official said a “360-degree analysis” of relations with Beijing was conducted at the highest levels of government, identifying the importation of active pharmaceutical ingredients ( APIs) and drug intermediates from China for pharmaceutical development by India as a major concern. Any attempt by Beijing to reduce the supply flow of APIs could likely result in either a shortage of some drugs or price rises, the official said.