China denies visa to Army officer

China denies visa to Army officer

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New Delhi: India has suspended defence exchanges with China after Beijing refused a visa to an Indian army general from the Kashmir region, media reports said on Friday.

Army’s General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Area Command was denied visa because he was responsible for “disputed” region of Jammu & Kashmir, according to China.

“While we value our exchanges with China, there must be sensitivity to each others’ concerns. Our dialogue with China on these issues is ongoing,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman said in a statement.

The Chinese have been in recent times refusing to paste visas on the passports of residents of J&K, instead they were stapling these.

India has strongly protested this practice since the government refuses to recognize stapled visas as valid travel documents.

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