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Get Pak to stop export of terror,Gadkari tells China

BJP chief Nitin Gadkari asked Beijing to put pressure on Pakistan.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
January 22, 2011 3:03:23 am

Kick-Starting his five-day visit to China,BJP chief Nitin Gadkari on Friday asked Beijing to put pressure on Pakistan — on which it has a “great influence” — to stop exporting the “terror machine” to India. During his talks with Chinese leaders,he also broached the matter of issuance of stapled visa by China to people of Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh and construction of dams on the Brahmaputra.

Gadkari — on a first-ever visit by a BJP chief to China in what is seen by many in the party as a personal initiative to boost his profile — held discussions with Ai Ping,the Chinese Vice-Minister in the International department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and met senior Communist party leader Li Changchun. He identified certain issues which are creating hurdles in improving ties between the BJP and the CPC.

According to the BJP,he conveyed the party’s serious concern over Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism and pointed out that there was a strong public opinion in India against Beijing’s development projects in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. China’s continued military assistance and the supply of nuclear reactors to Pakistan and Chinese incursions into the Indian territory are other areas of concern.

On the issue stapled visa,he asked the Chinese leaders to resolve the matter at the earliest and spoke about the apprehensions in India about China constructing dams on the Brahmaputra. According to the BJP,the Chinese leaders shared Gadkari’s concern over terrorism and said Beijing understands the importance of all the issues raised by him.

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