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No Chinese journalists allowed for Aero-India show

A US airforce checks a Lokheed Martin F-16IN Block 60-Super Viper fighter aircraft prior to a test flight, at the Yelhanka Air Force station in Bangalore on February 8, 2011. Aero India 2011 is aimed at bringing under one roof, exhibitors from all around the globe to showcase the best.

Amid its unease over China''s visapolicy towards Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh, India has ensured that Chinese journalists are not able to cover the ''Aero-India'' international defence show in Bangaloreas accreditations have been denied to them.

The Defence Ministry did not keep any slot for China in the list of countries whose journalists could apply online onits website to make them eligible to cover the event February 9 to 13.

Officials said China, along with Pakistan and Iran, was also not invited to participate in the show. The issue of Chinese journalists being unable to register for accreditation was raised by a Chinese journalist at a press conference addressed by Secretary (Defence Production) Rajkumar Singh in New Delhi.

"As far as accreditation is concerned, the list of countries is given by the External Affairs Ministry. We go by their advice on these issues," Singh said in his response. Asked why China was not invited to participate in the biennial exhibition, Singh said, "China was invited in the last edition of the show but it didn''t come." He added that "the answer would be better given by the EAM as we go by their advice."

Singh said along with China, Iran and Pakistan were also not sent the invites for attending the show.

The development comes against the backdrop of continuing row between India and China over the latter's visa policy under which residents of Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh are given stapled visas instead of the proper stamped ones. The situation took a turn last year when China denied a proper visa to the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen B S Jaswal as he was based in Jammu and Kashmir.

Date posted: February 8, 2011Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 352