BEIJING: China on Tuesday said it has started the process of returning Indian students stranded in their country due to COVID-19-related visa restrictions and the first batch is likely to arrive here very soon. With this, a ray of hope has started appearing for thousands of students who want to come back and pursue further studies. "We are working extensively for the return of foreign students to China and the process for the return of Indian students has started," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters here.
He was questioned over social media posts by some Chinese diplomats about the soon-to-be-introduced new visa policy for all foreign students. Wang said, we are confident that we will see the return of the first batch of Indian students very soon and we will continue this with relevant steps while ensuring safety against Kovid.
When asked what is the stage of processing the list provided by the Indian embassy here about Indian students wishing to return, he said the relevant information would be released soon. China is currently looking into the list of hundreds of Indian students wishing to return to their colleges. Over 23,000 students from India are reportedly stranded in their own country due to COVID visa restrictions and most of them are medical students.