India Tells China to Treat Kashmir With Sensitivity

Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna, right, and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi look on during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, unseen, during the 9th trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of India, China and

The Indian government warned China Sunday to treat the issue of Kashmir with sensitivity as India has done regarding Taiwan and Tibet.

The message was conveyed during a meeting between India's Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi in China. India has objected to Beijing's practice of requiring residents of Indian Kashmir to obtain special visas to enter China printed on separate pieces of paper. New Delhi considers this a sign that Beijing is questioning India's sovereignty over the state.

Indian news media quoted Yang as saying Beijing has always believed that the issue of Kashmir can be resolved through dialogue and negotiations between India and Pakistan.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed in full by both and in part by China.

Foreign ministers of China, Russia and India are meeting in the central Chinese city of Wuhan to discuss regional cooperation and global issues, including Afghanistan.

Krishna also sought China's support for India's bid to gain a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Yang said Beijing was willing to continue consultations with New Delhi on this and other matters.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is scheduled to travel to India next month.

Krishna met separately with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Indian news reports say Lavrov expressed support for India's prospective membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a six-nation group including Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The Chinese foreign minister was also expected to meet separately with his Russian counterpart.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev plans to visit India before the end of the year.

Some informatioon for this report was provided by Hindustan Times and Xinhua