De­fence ties with In­dia not halted: China

The Pak Banker - - International -

BEI­JING: As In­dia put on hold bi­lat­eral de­fence ex­changes, China said that the two coun­tries would act in the spirit of "con­sul­ta­tion and unity" to de­velop mil­i­tary ties, but re­main mum on is­sue of de­nial of per­mis­sion to a top In­dian Gen­eral to visit here.

"China has not halted de­fence ex­changes with In­dia and has re­ceived no word that In­dia has stopped mil­i­tary ex­changes be­tween the two coun­tries," China's de­fence min­istry said in a state­ment.

"China takes se­ri­ously de­vel­op­ing mil­i­tary ties with In­dia, and we are con­fi­dent that both sides will stay fo­cused on broader pic­ture of bi­lat­eral ties be­tween our two coun­tries, act­ing in a spirit of con­sul­ta­tion and unity to pro­mote healthy devel­op­ment of mil­i­tary ties," it said. In­dia has put on hold its de­fence ex­changes with China af­ter North­ern Army Com­man­der Lt Gen B S Jaswal was re­fused per­mis­sion to visit Bei­jing as he com­mands the "sen­si­tive" J&K.

New Delhi has said Bei­jing's ac­tion amounts to ques­tion­ing the sta­tus of J&K which is un­ac­cept­able and de­fence ex­changes will re­main sus­pended till the mat­ter is re­solved. In re­tal­i­a­tion, In­dia has de­nied per­mis­sion to three Chi­nese army of­fi­cials to visit the coun­try.

The state­ment, which was the first re­sponse from China af­ter the con­tro­versy broke out made no ref­er­ence to strong protests from In­dia, con­veyed by ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry to the Chi­nese Am­bas­sador in New Delhi Zhang Yan. -PB News

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