India conveys concern over troops to China

India on Friday conveyed its concern to China over its “activity and presence” in Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir region in the backdrop of reports that up to 11,000 Chinese troops had moved in there.

Just back from New Delhi where he briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other members of the special session of the Cabinet committee on security on China, Indian ambassador to China S. Jaishankar met Chinese vice-minister for foreign affairs Zhang Zhijun to convey anger and concerns in India.
During their 90-minute meeting, the Chinese minister told the ambassador that Chinese personnel were present in PoK to render “humanitarian assistance” to the flood-affected people in the region, sources in the Indian embassy said here.
Indian embassy officials here said that the concerns conveyed by India included “activities and presence” of Chinese in Gilgit-Baltistan area of the PoK as well as the New York Times report which stated that about 7,000 to 11,000 troops were present there to take firm grip of the region for several Chinese projects, including laying of roads and pipelines.
The two also discussed a number of other issues concerning improvement of bilateral ties, the sources said but declined to elaborate. Following the New York Times of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) presence in PoK, India had said it was independently verifying the matter which it dubbed as “serious, if true”.
“If true, it would be a matter of serious concern and we would do all that is necessary to ensure safety and security of the nation,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash had said on Monday when asked to comment on the reports. Without going into issues, the Indian officials termed Friday’s talks as candid, which are seen as a precursor to a much broader dialogue in the coming days as “useful”.
Also, the ambiguity surrounding China’s stand on the PoK also reportedly came up for discussion.
—PTI

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The presence of chinese

The presence of chinese troops in the Gilgit=-Baltistan is really a matter of great concern for India. By such kind of manouvering the Chinese
are trying to encircle India and trying to provocate the Indian side. We know that Chinese are contineously transgressing or intruding in to our side occasionally. It is the need of hour to recognise the real motive of china behind all moves of China. It becomes necessary for India to built necessary
infrastructure on our side along the China border, so that India will give swift response to any kind of eventuality by the Chinese side.

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