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China says Wen visit fruitful

Beijing said on Tuesday that it is up to India and Pakistan to settle the Kashmir issue through dialogue.

world Updated: Dec 22, 2010 00:54 IST
HT Correspondent

Beijing said on Tuesday that it is up to India and Pakistan to settle the Kashmir issue through dialogue.

China's foreign ministry spokesperson described Premier Wen Jiabao's recent visit to India and Pakistan as 'fruitful in results' and 'rich in content'. The official evaded a direct reply when the media asked whether differences over Kashmir had affected Wen's dialogue with New Delhi.

"As we've repeatedly said, the Kashmir issue is an issue leftover from history for India and Pakistan,'' said spokesperson Jiang Yu. "As a friend to both India and Pakistan, China hopes that both countries could properly settle the issue through dialogue and consultation."

On Sunday, Indian ambassador S Jaishannkar told the national broadcaster CCTV that India and China have agreed to 'appropriately resolve' the stapled visa dispute.

Chinese officials have not publicly reacted to differences regarding mutual sensitivity to core concerns that wedged a wall between India and China during Wen's visit. India left out a standard reference to Tibet and the one-China principle in the joint statement issued at the end of the visit. High-level defense exchanges from India remain suspended since July in objection to Chinese stapled visas for Indians from Jammu and Kashmir.