Chinese cos in PoK under Indian scanner

Chinese companies working in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir are under the scanner in India and it is looking at whether the same also have links with firms active here, government sources said today.

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2010, 23:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Chinese companies working in
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir are under the scanner in India and
it is looking at whether the same also have links with firms
active here, government sources said today.

"We are certainly looking at certain Chinese companies
who have projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and are also
working in India," the sources said.

However, they said no decision has been taken yet on such
firms.

India has always objected to the presence of Chinese
companies in PoK and hoped that they will stop their work in
areas illegally held by Pakistan.

China has offered to Pakistan to upgrade the Karakoram
highway connecting the two countries and also help in the
Neelum-Jhelum hydro-electric project in PoK.

On the Wikileaks cables, the sources said embarrassed US
administration officials have expressed their regret and
unhappiness to senior officials of the External Affairs
Ministry over the publication of secret embassy conversations.

On the matter of China issuing stapled visas to Indian
nationals from Jammu and Kashmir, the sources said India has
made it very clear to Chinese officials that such a practice
was unacceptable.

"If there is a knot to be untied, it has to be done by
them (Chinese)," the sources said.

However, they made it clear that it would be unrealistic
to say that this issue would "make or break" relations with
China.

-PTI