1. During his visit, Prime Minister Modi has announced issuance of e-visas for Chinese tourists.
2. “We welcome this move," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing.
3. Asked if China would reciprocate the gesture, Hong said, "China is willing to make joint efforts with India under the Chinese laws and regulations so as to facilitate the exchanges of China and Indian people and seek for new development."
4. On May 15, Modi announced the facility to Chinese tourists visiting India.
5. However, strong Opposition was seen from Home Ministry and security agencies over concerns that e-visa could be misused.
6. The External Affairs Ministry and Ministry of Tourism, however, had pressed for e-visas to Chinese tourists to India.
7. Less than two lakh Chinese tourists visited India last year against the more than six lakh Indian visitors to China.
8. India wants to woo Chinese tourists, whose numbers have surpassed 100 million to other countries.
9. The e-visas are expected to boost the number of Chinese visitors to India.
10. Hong said the Indian Prime Minister has had "successful talks" with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang.