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TORONTO: Canada has issued a record 117,927 visas to Indian visitors this year so far for travel and trade purposes.
But China has been the biggest beneficiary of Canadian visas this year as 272,608 visas have already been issued to Chinese citizens during this period.
Chinese get so many Canadian visas because in 2013 over 1.2 million travelled between China and Canada, while the number of those traveling between India and Canada is many times less.
A major factor why China gets so many Canadian visas is because the bilateral trade between China and Canada is over $55 billion, which is 10 times bigger than the India-Canada trade which has languished at $5 billion despite so may agreements and bilateral visits.
Then there are over 80,000 Chinese students studying in Canada, compared to just over 28,000 Indian students.
Further, while the India-Canada route is served directly by only Jet Airways, there are so many airlines flying directly to China from Canada.