China adopting double standards on Kashmir: Sources

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New Delhi, Oct.16 (ANI): India seems to be confused over China's dual policy it is adopting vis-a-vis Kashmir.

On one hand, China is trying to bracket Kashmir as a disputed territory and issuing paper-visas to the Jammu and Kashmir residents whereas it is getting involved in big developmental projects in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), which India claims has been illegally annexed by Pakistan.

China is funding big-ticket developmental projects in PoK like the repair and extension of Karakoram Highway, Bunji Dam, Diamer Bhasha dam and even Neelum (Jhelum) Hydropower Project.

This is seen as Chinese duplicity by New Delhi. Taking objection to this official sources told ANI that China should not have one policy for Pakistan and other for India.

India sees Chinese projects as anomalies and has already expressed and conveyed its disappointment to China and even to Pakistan over these projects.

New Delhi has also conveyed its apprehensions over the paper visa issue to Beijing. But China is reticent and is yet to revert.

Sources view the recent Sino-India flare up, sparked off after Beijing raised objection to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, as a result of changed internal dynamics in China.

Sources also believe that development of a better infrastructure on the Chinese side, which provides better accessibility to Arunachal Pradesh, is also the prime reason why China is getting more and more assertive.

Sources further stressed that with better roads, communication, transport on its side China can access this area effectively and it has also helped improve their reach.

Meanwhile, official sources have told ANI that that the meeting between the premiers of the two countries cannot be ruled out on the margins of ASEAN in Thailand later this month.

Sources also indicated that the hotline between the two premiers is also about to commence soon.

India and China decided to set up the hotline in 2008 but the plan is yet to materialize. By Naveen Kapoor (ANI)

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