Visa denial reflects Beijing’s predilection: Gen Jaswal
Leh, Sept 2: Army’s Northern Command Chief Lt Gen B S Jaswal today remained unruffled by the Chinese action denying him a visa that fuelled a diplomatic row with India but said it reflected their “predilection”.
“My name came up as part of the annual dialogue which takes place as part of the Confidence Building Measures. I share a border with China as part of my responsibility. So best dialogue can take place of the people who are on the ground.
“But it is basically building a mutual confidence on either side. They have denied it as per their own predilection and I will just leave at that,” Jaswal told PTI.
Jaswal, who is General Officer Commanding-in-chief (GOC) of the Army’s Udhampur-based Northern Command, was denied permission in July to go to China by authorities in that country on the ground he comes from “sensitive” Jammu and Kashmir.
The controversial Chinese step that brought chill in Sino-Indian relations came despite the visit by a General-rank officer to China being agreed upon between the two countries in January during the Annual Defence Dialogue as part of defence exchanges and CBM.
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