Congress spokesman RPN Singh rued that New Delhi had agreed to the arrangement without Beijing first doing away with stapled visas.

"Diplomacy is all about quid pro quo and reciprocity," Singh told  while pointing out that the issue of e-visas was first raised by former prime minister Manmohan Singh when he had visited China. That time, the matter was tagged to the issue of China issuing stapled visas.

"It is unfortunate that the matter (of stapled visas) has not been raised this time at all," he averred. In a confidence-building measure, Modi, who is on an official visit to China, announced today that India will grant e-visas to Chinese tourists.

The e-visa announcement came in the teeth of concerns expressed by the Home Ministry and security agencies over its possible misuse even as the External Affairs Ministry and Ministry of Tourism pressed for it.

Besides, the e-visa announcement was seen as a prelude to India relaxing investment norms for China to attract large- scale Chinese investment.

As to controversy kicked up on Thursday over China's state- owned television showing India's map without Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh while reporting on Modi's visit, the Congress spokesman said it was "extremely belittling".

China has been laying territorial claim over Arunachal Pradesh and parts of Jammu and Kashmir, but India has been strongly resisting it.

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