China says military talks with India successful

Published: June 29, 2011

Both sides say they are willing to work hard together to ensure peace and tranquility on the border. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING: China’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that a recent visit by an Indian military delegation had been successful and would benefit relations after a freeze in ties last year over a visa row.

“Last year, Sino-Indian military exchanges experienced some
difficulties, but both sides worked hard to find a good way
of resolving this,” ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a news
conference, according to a transcript posted on the ministry’s
website.

“Both sides said that they were willing to work hard
together to ensure peace and tranquility on the border and
further promote exchanges between their militaries,” Yang said.

India and China, emerging rivals for resources and global
influence, fought a border in the 1960s and have been wary
neighbours ever since. China also occupies a part of the
Himalayan region of Kashmir which India claims as its own.
Yang said he believed the visit had been conducive towards
promoting trust and the development of military relations.

“China hopes that China and India can further promote
the development of military ties,” Yang said, without giving any
other details.

China last August denied a visa to an Indian general in
charge of operations in the disputed Kashmir region, which lead
to a suspension of military contacts between the two growing
powers.

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’s old rival Pakistan also claims Kashmir.

 

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Reader Comments (20)

  • ashok sai
    Jun 29, 2011 - 5:00PM

    ‘All weather friend’ became ‘all other friend’ !!!Recommend

  • Analyst
    Jun 29, 2011 - 5:28PM

    Why does report not mention that China was forced to change its policy and has started issuing regular visas to Indians from Kashmir ?Recommend

  • terex
    Jun 29, 2011 - 5:57PM

    Truth is china has started issuing regular visa to indian kashmiri!!
    They dont want to mess with india!!
    They used pakistan for 64 yrs…now market value of pakistan is very low….
    Recommend

  • Ali Omer
    Jun 29, 2011 - 7:02PM

    Certainly Pakistan needs not to be concerned because it has long lasting ties with Pakistan and definitely China will be aware of our concerns as well. On the contrary, now Pakistan should also review its policy with Russia. We should also promote our ties with Russia as India is promoting and resolving issues with China. It is a fact that India has more economy and resources than Pakistan has so definitely China will try to engage all those resources to gain maximum intrest in favor of its own country.Recommend

  • M.Akthar
    Jun 29, 2011 - 7:07PM

    Our Foreign Ministry is sleeping! For all the friendship duets that we had with China, they have only betrayed us. Though China has huge forex reserves, they gave very little aid. Pakistan Govt has even given a blank cheque to the chinese and yet… …

    We should have better ties with the Muslim Ummah than with the chinese.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 29, 2011 - 7:42PM

    If China doesn’t need a foil against India you can guess what that means for Pakistan. Do the initials SOL come to mind?.Recommend

  • Nilesh
    Jun 29, 2011 - 8:08PM

    @M.Akthar:
    . Though China has huge forex reserves, they gave very little aid.

    Akhtarbhai why Still Begging attitude ?, better try to be self dependent. This is the only way to compete.Recommend

  • Jun 29, 2011 - 8:10PM

    express news paper print was treu story ;Recommend

  • Samiullah
    Jun 29, 2011 - 9:09PM

    @M.Akthar

    Funny, isn’t it? When China doesn’t give aid, the public keeps mum but the apologists say we don’t want aid, we want trade and that’s what China is doing. And when the same trade with China creates huge trade imbalances in favour of China (huge imports and little exports) and which doesn’t contribute anything to Pakistani economy, the apologists will keep mum but the public will complain that China didn’t give aid despite having world’s biggest forex reserves.

    It’s time for Pakistanis to stop obsessing about who are our “brotherly countries”. When you pick allies, you pick enemies as well, even if you don’t want it. If you remain completely neutral, you’ll be the most peaceful.

    And please don’t count on the Ummah. Because it exists only in theory. All Muslim countries have a history of backstabbing other Muslim countries. Besides, most Muslim countries don’t care about Pakistan at all.Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Jun 29, 2011 - 9:14PM

    An eye opener for all those ,always parroting ” Pakistan ka azeem dost Cheen ”
    and the bond if fathomed , is higher than Karakoram and ……………”

    Why we always need a shoulder to cry on ?Recommend

  • Paras Vikmani
    Jun 29, 2011 - 9:30PM

    Pakistan would not like this :PRecommend

  • Sajid H.Khan
    Jun 29, 2011 - 9:50PM

    M.Akhtar,there is nothing as a free lunch,sooner u accept it the better.Recommend

  • Kasim, Lahore
    Jun 30, 2011 - 1:08AM

    Dear All,

    I have expressed my concern in earlier occasions in ET about the relationship between China and India. Atleast we should realise now that there is no Permanent “All weather friend” or Enemy in International politics.

    I sincerely believe China and India will become more close in future because of Trade relationships. See now China has simply hurt us by killing Kashmir cause for Trade relationship with our Arch rival. But we are neither ready to leave Kahmir issue nor Chinese friendship.

    We need to analyze seriously our foreign policy and take reconciliation steps like Trading relations with India at least for our economic growth by keeping in the mind thatthere is no Permanent “All Weather Friend” or Enemy in International politics.

    Allah Hafiz.Recommend

  • rify
    Jun 30, 2011 - 1:30AM

    saimullah : appreciate your thought. The day pakistanis realize its identity that they belong to south asia, rather than living in lalal land that they are byproduct of arabs. you cant be arabs and never will be..practicing a religion comes from that land doesnt make one belong there.

    i am a indian muslim, to me, my conscious is clear, i am an Indian, I belong here , and yes i practice islam..

    @ ali omer : your comment remains my kinder garden days, where we try to make gang and form groups for silling things. dude ! this is 21st century…if you go to russia, what you gonna offer and what you gonna buy from them > answer big no…just because we do trade and become cozy with china, doesnt mean you go with russia.. global politics doesnt work like that, didnt you know that we even dumped our dear russian in latest fighter jet deal..coz our interest is most imp..

    we have given buddish to chinese, and we accepted their philosophy, their martial arts, and we learnt to live peacefully for 2000 years, so both the countries know their responsibilty, so there will never be any sort of misadventure between the two nations..

    My sincere advice to all, work on your economy, respect other religion,start developing something on your own, and beleive me ccountry will queue up to see your leaders and for trade relationship.Recommend

  • Malay
    Jun 30, 2011 - 3:37AM

    So much for all weather friendship.Recommend

  • Incredible
    Jun 30, 2011 - 7:49AM

    I used to know that ‘a pen is mighty than the sword’. Now its ‘$$$$ mighty than a begging bowl’Recommend

  • Dude..
    Jun 30, 2011 - 10:22AM

    India has very good relations with all muslim nations except pakistan.. Isnt this also something interesting to think about..Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Jun 30, 2011 - 10:39AM

    China will be a friend to whoever will make them the most money. Pakistan is only interested in aid and terrorism. The Muslim Ummah looks at Pakistan as an embarrassment. Really, there is no place for Pakistan to hide now. The only option is to give up terrorism and join the rest of the world in working hard to improve the lot of its people. Recommend

  • anil
    Jun 30, 2011 - 11:03AM

    It is sad that pak people don’t understand china.Some readers has expressed hope of aid from china.Hillarious….china is noone’s friend,i would say it is the attitude of chinese people and china as a country,you can better know from their history.They pinch arabian countries against USA,they protested heavily against USA while Libya Invasion.But now they have started supporting Libya millitant leader.They protested Sudanese partition,but now they are supporting south sudan ,because they have vested interest in that country.How long Muslim world will see china as an alternative? what USA is doing,it is doing on the ground,but what china is doing,it is doing in mind.They only see profit in everything,moral is a not-found word in their dictionary.Last friday,in berlin ,chinese ambasador unveiled Confusious statue and pledged for the Confusious institute for promotion of soft power.Softpower and respect is a thing which can’t be achieve by begging,u need to be like that in your behaviour.I don’t know whether there is confusious institute in pak or not.Recommend

  • from india
    Jun 30, 2011 - 11:39AM

    although i don’t enjoy this but still i would say that some of my muslim friends from africa and middle east told me that they do not consider pakistan a muslim country in its true sense !!Recommend

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