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Friday, August 27, 2010

Army visa row: India summons Chinese envoy

Aug 27, 2010

New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs on Friday hit back at China after it denied visa to a senior Indian Army General stationed in Jammu and Kashmir.

The MEA summoned China's ambassador to India to register its displeasure over the entire controversy. According to sources India has put off all military exchanges, including scheduled visit by a Chinese military delegation, till the issue is resolved.

China had demanded that India drop Northern Command chief Lt Gen B S Jaswal from the list of military officials visiting China. Earlier, the Communist Republic had played the Kashmir card by objecting to the inclusion of Indian Army's Northern Command Chief in a delegation, saying the officer oversees Jammu and Kashmir which according to Beijing is a disputed area.

However, Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday clarified that India will not break ties with China over the ongoing visa row.

"There is no question of breaking defence ties with China. Occasionally, there will be some problems but that will not affect the broader approach. Defence ties will continue," Antony said.

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