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Friday, September 3, 2010

India conveys concern to China over presence in PoK

03 Sep 2010

Beijing/New Delhi: India today conveyed its concerns to China over its presence in Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and its
activities in that region.

The Indian move came in the wake of reports of presence of about 11,000 Chinese troops in Jammu and Kashmir's Gilgit-Baltistan region held by Pakistan.

The Indian concerns over Chinese 'activity and presence' were conveyed by Ambassador to China S Jaishankar during a meeting with their Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Zhang Zhijun in Beijing today, according to officials at the Indian Embassy.

Jaishankar also conveyed India's concerns over the presence of Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) troops in the region. However, China had yesterday rejected reports that its troops were in Gilgit region in northern Kashmir.

Jaishankar returned to Beijing yesterday from Delhi where he had briefed the the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on the developments regarding China. The CCS chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had discussed the matter on Tuesday.

Following the US news reports of PLA presence in PoK, India had said it would independently verify the matter which it dubbed
as 'serious, if true'. 'If true, it would be a matter of serious concern and we would do all that is necessary to ensure safety and security of the nation,' External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash had said on Monday when asked to comment on reports in 'The New York Times. About the influx of an estimated 7,000 to 11,000 PLA soldiers in Gilgit-Baltistan

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