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Visa issue: Now India puts on hold the arrival of three PLA officials

August 29, 2010

Sify
August 24, 2010

Reacting strongly on China's refusal of visa to
Lieutenant General BS Jaswal, General Officer
Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, India has
decided to put on hold the defence visits by
three officers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

India has refused visas to a senior colonel of
People's Liberation Army, who was to visit India
to give guest lecture at the National Defence
College, and two captains, who were coming to India for an english course.

The Government sources, however, said meetings
between the border personnel to maintain peace
and tranquility in the border areas will go on.

Taking umbrage to Chinese assertiveness, India
has also decided to shunt Joint Military
exercises, which both countries were intending to organize next year.

India believes China is adopting double standards on Jammu and Kashmir.

"China's stance and approach on Jammu and Kashmir
is that it is issuing stapled visas because they
regard it as a disputed territory and in Pakistan
occupied Kashmir (PoK), they do development work,
they send their engineers, they are building
dams, bridges, visas are given on passports,
there is a dichotomy and a imbalance" said a top government source.

"Taking defence relationship with China is
difficult until these positions are cleared and
issues are resolved. China has tied this knot and
it has to untie it," added the government source.

The Government source further said India will
object to anyone, ho questions the status of Jammu and Kashmir

"It is a question of our sovereignty, it's an
issue what is Tibet issue to China," the government source added.

Government sources, however, suggest that it is
only the defense exchange, which is stalled, and
there will be no effect on other areas like
trade, foreign office and diplomatic exchanges.

Miffed by the visa denial, India is not in favor
of full-fledged confrontation with China and
believes that the complex relationship has not reached impasse.

New Delhi, however, believes that the issue has
introduced new complexities in the relationship.

Lieutenant General Jaswal was denied the visa on
the ground that he controlled operations a disputed area, Jammu and Kashmir.

As per reports, Lt General Jaswal, was nominated
by the government to visit China as part of the
regular high-level exchanges between the defence
establishments of the two countries. (ANI)
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