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    BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday it regretted that two Indian athletes were blocked last week from going to China but defended measures it has put in place in response to a border dispute which led to the ban on the pair travelling.

    Relations between the nuclear-armed Asian giants have been warming recently after decades of hostility following a 1962 border war. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is due to visit China this month.

    Nevertheless, the refusal last Thursday by a Chinese airline to let the two teenage female archers board an aircraft bound for China, where they hoped to take part in a competition, underscored the sensitivity of the border dispute.

    The pair were from the disputed border state of Arunachal Pradesh, where India and China fought the border war in 1962. China claims the region as South Tibet.

    China refuses to stamp visas into the passport of people from disputed territories, but staples them in instead, a practice that infuriates India. At times, even Chinese companies, like China Southern Airlines involved in last Thursday's incident, reject such visas.

    "We regret that the two young India athletes could not come to participate in the relevant competition," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing.

    Indian politicians were outraged that the athletes could not go to China.

    Despite fast-growing economic ties, the neighbours have done little to resolve overlapping claims along their 4,000-km (2,500-mile) border.

    Hua said China's stand on the border was clear and consistent and the related measures it took were "legal and effective".

    China had been flexible in handling the visa issue, in the absence of a resolution of the border dispute, to facilitate travel by people from both sides, she said.

    She said the border problem could not be resolved overnight but leaders from both countries hoped to resolve it. She said she was not able to say if Singh would discuss the border with Chinese leaders on his October 23-24 visit.

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    Re: China regrets block on Indian athletes' travel but defends border

    If you going to have regrets about something, why do it in the first place?

    Did they think that these 2 young people posed a threat to their national security with their bow and arrows?
     
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    Re: China regrets block on Indian athletes' travel but defends border

    Indian government should ban the business of chinese companies that wont accomplish the law of the land....
    tit for tat
     
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    Re: China regrets block on Indian athletes' travel but defends border

    China regrets?

    Typical sneakiness that China is an expert in!
     
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    Re: China regrets block on Indian athletes' travel but defends border

    I anticipate there will be charm offensive by the PRC during the pm visit in next few days. This will be directed on the media that tag along (individuals in particular) and the disputed regions and sez (investment proposals). To show to the Indians that PRC is a gentle and sweet country. Fortunately the PRC cannot resist saying things like "hua said ... Border was clear and consistent and related measures were legal and effective". That's what the media will be having a focus on. Not the regrets.
     
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    Re: China regrets block on Indian athletes' travel but defends border

    If only our PM cancels the visit to China over this incident!!

    Ofcourse, our govt. spokesperson can always regret to having cancelled the trip but sticking to the cancellation!! :rolleyes:
     
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    Re: China regrets block on Indian athletes' travel but defends border

    I wonder if this has anything to do with this sudden stupidity of the chinese govt.

    China to increase Imports from India

    Hey we are going to give you more money, so if you say something about this...
     
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    Re: China regrets block on Indian athletes' travel but defends border

    Due to fast growing economic ties between the two countries (as mentioned in the article) this visa controversy will be forgotten by our corrupt netas & babus. Their only objective in life is how much money they can extract from Chinese investment in Indian markets. There are some private companies in India who are for & against these type of investments.

    The only other option is for the people from all across India to decide whether to buy 'Made in China' goods or not. That will give a strong message to Chinese aggressive ambitions against India.
     

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