New Delhi: After nearly a year-long freeze
on defence exchanges between India and China, the first Indian
military delegation led by a Major-General, serving in Jammu
and Kashmir, will lead a delegation to China from Monday.
Maj Gen Gurmeet Singh, the commander of the Delta Force,
a part of the specialised anti-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles
deployed in J & K, will lead an eight-member delegation to
China from June 19-24, government sources said here today.
India had put bilateral defence exchanges with China on
hold since July last year after Beijing refused a proper
stamped visa to the then Northern Army Commander Lt-Gen B S
Jaswal since he headed troops in Jammu and Kashmir.
The reason cited for this visa denial was that he heads
the command which comprises the state of J&K, a disputed
territory according to China.
Asked whether Singh has received a stamped visa, sources
said the Maj Gen has received a "proper visa". India has
refused to recognize stapled visas as valid travel documents.
The decision to resume defence cooperation with China
was arrived at during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s visit to
Beijing in April this year.