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PM meets Wen Jiabao: Stapled visa to figure in talks

Hanoi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao met here today, marking the first top level contact between the two countries after defence exchanges were suspended in July following a row over stapled visas to Kashmiris.

The controversial issue of stapled visas along with economic aspects of the relationship are expected to figure in the meeting.

Ahead of the meeting taking place on the sidelines of ASEAN-India and East Asia Summit, the Indian government sources expressed hope that it would be good and “substantive.”

China started the practice of issuing the stapled visas to Kashmiris about two years back and the issue triggered a major row in July this year when Beijing wanted to give such a visa to India’s Northern Area Commander Lt Gen B S Jaswal.

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