PM Wen to address India`s stapled visa concern

A top Chinese leader was understood to have indicated today that India`s concerns over stapled visas issued for the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be addressed during the visit of premier Wen Jiabo to India.

New Delhi: A top Chinese leader was
understood to have indicated today that India`s concerns over
stapled visas issued for the people of Jammu and Kashmir will
be addressed during the visit of premier Wen Jiabo here next
month.

The indication was given by Chinese Communist Party Polit
Bureau member Zhou Yongkang, who is ninth in the hierarchy in
the party, when leaders of Left parties conveyed their concern
over stapled visa, a practice going on for the past two years.
Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury (both CPI-M), A B Bardhan,
D Raja (CPI) and Debabrata Biswas and G Deverajan (Forward
Bloc) met the visiting Chinese party leaders, including
Yongkang, this evening.

Sources said the Left leaders raised the boundary dispute
and stapled visas among other issues.

They told the Chinese leaders that their detractors were
using issues like border dispute and stapled visas to corner
the Left in the country and there is a need for clarity on the
issue, sources said.

The boundary issue was raised by Bardhan while that of
stapled visas by Biswas.

To Bardhan`s queries, Yongkang responded that there is a
historical background to the boundary dispute and that the
Chinese leadership was of the view that they do not want to
leave the problem to another generation.

"We want to settle it. We don`t want to hand over the
problem to next generation," sources quoted Yongkang as
saying.

On stapled visas, the Chinese leaders said Wen is
visiting India and he will address the matter.

-PTI

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