China not taking sides on Kashmir (3)

08:05, November 23, 2009      

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Unrelated visits

Farooq's expected visit to China comes after a visit this month by the Dalai Lama to the Arunachal Pradesh, drawing speculation that the move is a counter-measure by China.

Wang ruled out such speculation, saying the visits are unrelated.
"Though some people in India attempt to pressure China by inviting the Dalai, we are not that petty-minded to revenge," Wang said.

Zhao Gancheng, director of the Center for South Asia at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, told the Global Times Sunday that India remains highly vigilant against China, which, he said, is unnecessary.

"India should appreciate the fact that China has never sought a hand in its internal affairs," Zhao said. "It should also stay clear of China's domestic affairs, especially the Dalai Lama issue, restricting his activities in India."
The visit also comes amid rising tensions over a Chinese embassy policy of issuing different visas to Indian Kashmir residents and the so-called Arunachal Pradesh, a move resented by the Indian government.

An Indian foreign ministry spokeswoman said Friday that the government had no objection to Farooq visiting China, adding that stapled visas on passports were not acceptable to the government, the Times of India reported.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said November 3 that China's visa policy has been consistent for Kashmir residents, noting there hadn't been any change.

Qiu Wei and Zhang Han


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