India suspends defence exchanges with China
Top Army officer serving in J&K was denied visa because he was responsible for "disputed" region of Jammu & Kashmir, according to China. Reacting to this, the government said that China must be sensitive to its concerns. In lighter veinindia Updated: Aug 27, 2010 15:28 IST
India has suspended defence exchanges with China after Beijing refused a visa to an Indian army general from the Kashmir region, media reports said on Friday.
Army's General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Area Command was denied visa because he was responsible for "disputed" region of Jammu & Kashmir, according to China.
New Delhi would give little details on the issue, only saying that the visit by the general to China did not take place.
"While we value our exchanges with China, there must be sensitivity to each others' concerns. Our dialogue with China on these issues is ongoing," External Affairs Ministry spokesman said in a statement.
The Chinese have been provokng India on Kashmir in recent times by refusing to paste visas on the passports of residents of J&K, instead stapling them instead.
India has strongly protested this practice since the government refuses to recognize stapled visas as valid travel documents.
While trade between India and China has flourished, mistrust remains, especially over the state of Arunachal Pradesh and the government policy of allowing the exiled Dalai Lama to live in India.