External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Friday said China should respect India’s sensitivities on border issues.
Krishna said, “We expect China to be sensitive to our core concerns. That is how relationships are built, relations are nurtured. So we are asking China to respect our sensitivities on Arunachal Pradesh and other issues (like Kashmir).”
On China issuing stapled visas to those from Jammu and Kashmir, he said New Delhi had made it clear to Beijing it was not acceptable. “We have conveyed to them that we do not accept the stapled visas and we are not going to accept these.” On Chinese presence in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, he said, “China has always maintained neutrality as far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, we hope they continue to maintain that position.”
He said Chinese assertiveness in the region would be discussed between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama during his visit next month.