India`s key concern to figure in Singh-Wen meeting

A host of security and strategic issues including India`s concerns over stapled visa to residents of J&K will be raised by the leadership here with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao when he visits the country from December 15.

Last Updated: Dec 07, 2010, 18:24 PM IST

New Delhi: A host of security and
strategic issues including India`s concerns over stapled visa
to residents of Jammu and Kashmir will be raised by the
leadership here with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao when he
visits the country from December 15.

Activities of Chinese firms in Pakistan-occupied-
Kashmir and increasing military sales to Pakistan and China-
Pak civil nuclear co-operation are some of the other concerns
which are expected to figure in the meeting between Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and Wen during his three-day visit.
Significantly, Wen will also be travelling to Pakistan
after his visit here.

Singh had sent a clear signal to Beijing during his
meeting with Wen on the margins of ASEAN when he stated that
both parties "need to show sensitivity to each other’s core
issues".

The External Affairs Ministry today issued a brief
release which said, "At the invitation of Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, the Premier of the State Council of the
People’s Republic of China Wen Jiabao, will pay a State
visit to India from 15 to 17 December 2010."

Ahead of the visit, both countries have tried their
best to prepare a well-knitted ground for open talks and held
the 14th round of the Special Representatives-level talks on
the boundary issue in Beijing in the last week of November.

The visit will also help India to get some clarity in
the Chinese position on a range of bilateral issues related to
the boundary and stamped visa for residents of J-K and the
emerging concerns over water.
India has hoped that China realises the need to show
more sensitivity on these core concerns that impinge on the country`s "sovereignty and territorial integrity".

Two other strategic issues that are important from
India’s perspective are the planned Sino-Pakistani rail line
from Xinjiang to PoK and reported Chinese investments in the
Gilgit-Baltistan region.

PTI