India puts on hold visit of top Chinese General

Snubbing China strongly, India on Tuesday put on hold the visit of Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Chinese Army, General Ma Xiaotian, according to a news channel report.

Updated: May 24, 2011, 21:03 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Snubbing China strongly, India on Tuesday put on hold the visit of Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Chinese Army, General Ma Xiaotian, according to a news channel report.

As per the report, India has demanded that the Indian Army delegation should be allowed to visit China first. Both the countries had initiated a Defence dialogue at the beginning of 2010 to facilitate closer bilateral relationship.

During Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to China in 2008, it was decided that dialogue at the Defence Secretary level must continue. Gen Ma Xiaotian has visited India in December 2008 to meet the then Defence secretary, Vijay Singh.
India had reciprocated this move when the Indian Army’s Eastern Command chief, Lt Gen VK Singh, visited China and was taken to Tibet for a visit. In December 2009, the Chinese commander of the Tibetan region, Lt Gen Shu Yu Tai, met Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar in Delhi and was also provided hospitality by the Eastern Command.