Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:07:37 GMT | By IANS

China keen to avoid 'diplomacy issues' concerning India, Pakistan

Beijing: China is keen to avoid any "diplomatic issues" between China, India and Pakistan and the issue of stapled visa to people from Jammu and Kashmir, including to a top Indian Army official in 2010, was part of this stand, a senior Chinese official said here.


China keen to avoid 'diplomacy issues' concerning India, Pakistan

He said the policy was to issue separate papers to people from Kashmir till the "dispute of sovereignty" was resolved between India and Pakistan.

Colonel Guo Hongtao, Staff Officer of the Asian Affairs Bureau, Foreign Affairs Office, Ministry of National Defence, said China "exercises prudence" with regard to "sensitive issues" between India and Pakistan.

Speaking during an interaction with a group of Indian journalists, Guo said: "China has been consistent that it would issue separate papers to people from Kashmir till India and Pakistan have resolved the issue."

India had suspended defence exchanges in July 2010 when the head of the Northern Command, Lt Gen B.S. Jaswal, was refused a visa because the "sensitive region" of Kashmir was under his charge. Gen Jaswal was to head an Indian military team to China.

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