Weidong had recently assured that the first batch of Indian students, stranded in India due to COVID-19 visa restrictions, would return to China very soon to resume their studies and that the respective departments of the two countries were working on it.
The official spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in India confirmed the news on Friday and thanked the Indian students for their patience.
“Dear all international #students, thank you for your patience and for being with me together to wait for the official announcement of the new #study #visa policy. Finally, good news ahead. Close the embassy update for more details. #Chinawelcomes you & Best Wishes!, tweeted Chinese Embassy India spokesperson Ji Rong.
“Thousands of Indian students who had returned from China after the COVID-19 outbreak may soon have a chance to resume their studies, as the first batch of many such young people may soon leave for the neighboring country,” Chinese Ambassador Weidong said. August 13.
“China welcomes Indian students. The first group of Indian students to resume their studies in China in the near future. Relevant departments of the two countries are working together,” said Weidong, Chinese ambassador to India, during a interview with ANI.
In July, China said the country had made progress in facilitating the return of Indian students and was working in tandem with relevant departments to ensure that the first batch of Indian students could return to study in China at the earliest. Chinese universities cannot return to China to attend classes due to COVID-19-induced restrictions.
In order to facilitate the return of Indian students, Jaishankar met with Wang Yi on March 25.
Earlier in April, the Chinese side had expressed willingness to consider facilitating the return of Indian students to China based on need, the Indian Embassy in China said.