India objects to Chinese activities in PoK


India was reacting to a Xinhua news service report on the visit of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to China.
“We have seen the Xinhua report quoting the president of China as stating that China will continue to engage in projects with Pakistan inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.”
In India's eyes, Pakistan was in “illegal occupation” of parts of Jammu and Kashmir since 1947, Prakash said.

“The Chinese side is fully aware of India's position and our concerns about Chinese activities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,” he said.

A day after China objected to the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Arunachal Pradesh, External Affairs Ministry took a strong view of President Hu Jintao's remarks that China will continue to engage in projects with Pakistan inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

"Pakistan has been in illegal occupation of parts of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir since 1947. The Chinese side is fully aware of India's position and our concerns about Chinese activities in Pakistan occupied Kashmir," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said in a statement.

"We hope that the Chinese side will take a long term view of the India-China relations and cease such activities in areas illegally occupied by Pakistan," he said.
The Chinese President, during a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani yesterday, outlined a major project to upgrade the Karakoram highway connecting the two countries overland and Chinese help in the Neelam-Jhelum hydroelectric project in PoK.

"Howsoever, the international situation may change. The people of China and Pakistan are always joined in hearts and hands," Hu had said.

On Tuesday, India rejected a Chinese government statement protesting Manmohan Singh's Oct 3 visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the northeastern state over which China claims ownership. 

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