New Delhi: Even as India has put on hold its
defence exchanges with China, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal will be
visiting that country next month to attend the World Economic
Forum meet during which he is also expected to discuss
bilateral student exchange programmes.
Sibal will undertake a seven-day visit to Tianjin from
September 10 for the WEF meet, where he is representing India,
sources in the ministry said.
The theme of the annual WEF meeting in Tianjin from
September 13 to 15 is sustainable growth.
Ministers and business leaders from several countries
will be attending the meet to discuss ways to push the
sustainable growth through increased energy efficiency, lower
carbon emissions and development of green technology and
During his visit to China, Sibal is also expected to meet
some Chinese leaders and discuss student exchange programmes
and cultural exchanges, the sources said.
This assumes significance as India has put on hold all
defence exchanges with China after the latter disallowed
Northern Army Commander Lt Gen B S Jaswal from visiting that
country as he comes from the "sensitive" Jammu and Kashmir.
Gen Jaswal was to visit China as part of defence
China conveyed its decision in July and India retaliated
by refusing permission to three Chinese army officials -- a
Senior Colonel and two Captains.
India has said the Chinese action amounted to questioning
the status of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of
India, and is "unacceptable".
Sending out a message to China, sources here have said
that issues related to Jammu and Kashmir are as sensitive to
India as those related to Tibet to China.