Beijing : In a confidence building measure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that India will grant e-visas to Chinese tourists. While addressing students and faculty at the prestigious Tsinghua University Modi said “We have decided to extend electronic tourist visas to Chinese nationals”. Modi mentioned, “About 33 per cent of the world’s population is either Indian or Chinese. Yet, our people know very little of each other.’’
“We must seek inspiration from the pilgrims of the ancient times, who braved the unknown in search of knowledge, and enriched us both,” he said.“So, we have decided to extend electronic tourist visas to Chinese nationals. We are celebrating the Year of India in China in 2015,” he added.
India this year has announced ‘Visit India Year’ in China to attract more tourists in order to boost tourism revenues. While less than two lakh Chinese visit India, more Chinese travellers are visiting Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives enhancing their tourism revenues.
Last year 1.4 lakh Chinese had visited Nepal, an increase of 70 per cent, while over four lakh Chinese visited Maldives, 1.3 lakh visited Sri Lanka, and increase of 130 per cent.China has proposed Buddhist circuit connecting China, Nepal and Sri Lanka to attract more tourists. China has large Buddhist population. They are keen to visit Buddhist sites in India like Nalanda.