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President Patil to meet Hu, Wen today

President Pratibha Patil will hold high-level talks today with top Chinese leadership, during which issues like issuance of stapled visas to Kashmiris by China and Beijing's support for India's bid for a permanent seat in the UNSC are likely to figure.

world Updated: May 27, 2010 11:44 IST

President Pratibha Patil will hold high-level talks today with top Chinese leadership, during which issues like issuance of stapled visas to Kashmiris by China and Beijing's support for India's bid for a permanent seat in the UNSC are likely to figure.

Patil, who arrived here on a six-day visit yesterday, will meet her Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, Chairman of the National People's Congress Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao and discuss bilateral issues and the situation in the region.

Hu, also the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, will accord a ceremonial welcome to Patil, the first Indian Head of State to visit China in a deacade, at the Great Hall of the People.

Issues like China issuing stapled visas to Kashmirisn visiting the country and Beijing's support for India's bid for a permanent seat in the UNSC are likely to be raised by the Indian side during the meetings.

However, officials said the President's visit was primarily to strengthen the strategic cooperation and there are other forums to raise such issues.

India and China are also expected to sign a number of agreements during the visit.

Patil had yesterday indicated that she will seek China's support for India's bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.

"I think so," she told journalists accompanying her, when asked if the issue of India's bid for a permanent UNSC seat will figure during her meeting with the Chinese leadership.

She also hoped that India will be considered for permanent membership of the UN Securitym Council.

China, which is one of the five veto-wielding members of the powerful UN Security Council along with the US, UK, Russia and France, has been saying that it supports India's aspirations to play an important role at the UN, but wants an overall reform of the world body.

After completing her engagements in Beijing, Patil will travel to Loyang in central China, where she will inaugurate the a India-style Buddhist temple, and Shanghai where she will visit India and China Pavilions at the Shanghai Expo 2010 and address members of India-China business forum.