India, China to resume defence contacts

NEW DELHI - India will resume defence ties with China on Sunday when a military delegation will travel to Beijing, a year after New Delhi suspended such meetings over a visa spat, a government source said on Thursday.

By (Reuters)

Published: Thu 16 Jun 2011, 6:56 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:34 PM

China had in August denied a visa to an Indian general in charge of operations in the disputed Kashmir region. The Indian source said that as part of the compromise with Beijing, the delegation would be headed by another general.

‘If you’ve agreed to my point, I can’t run you down to the ground. They have to save face, as the Chinese say,’ the source said, declining to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

‘But after this trip, things will be back on track,’ he said, referring to the resumption of defence exchanges.

India protested in 2009 against a Chinese embassy policy of issuing different visas to residents of Indian Kashmir. New Delhi bristles at any hint that Kashmir, where a separatist insurgency has raged for two decades, is not part of India.

India and China, emerging rivals for resources and global influence, have fought a war over a disputed border and have limited military ties. China also occupies a part of Kashmir which India claims as its own.

The eight-member delegation will be in China till June 24 and will also visit Urumqi, the capital of the restive Xinjiang province that abuts Kashmir, the Indian source said.

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