Defence ties with India not halted: China
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