Hamid Ansari raises the issue of China’s Rail link to Pakistan through PoK at Beijing

बीजिंग Beijing: India raised “all issues of concern” with China during high level discussions involving Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday, foreign secretary Sujata Singh said.

She was replying to a specific question on whether India expressed concern about Chinese companies planning a railway line through the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to link China with Pakistan. Similar concern was also raised on Chinese intrusions into the Indian border, she said.

Indian officials raised the issue of a new Chinese map showing Arunachal Pradesh a part of China. “A cartographic description cannot change the facts on the ground. Our opposition to the areas shown in the map will always be there,” she said.

Singh said the Chinese raised their concerns about India but refused to go into details. “I don’t want to go into issues of detail. This was a privileged discussion,” she said.

Both sides emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and tranquility on the border, the foreign secretary said.

Indian ambassador Ashok Kantha said New Delhi is encouraging China, which is strong in manufacturing, to establish production units in India. “Encouraging Chinese manufacturing is part of our strategy to address the problem of trade deficit.”

“Premier Li suggested India should identify products that would be of interest to Chinese buyers in order to resolve the problem of trade deficit between the two countries,” Singh said.

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