Indian general leads delegation to Beijing as two sides restart military exchanges

BEIJING — An Indian general is leading a delegation to China as the two countries move to resume exchanges between their militaries after a yearlong freeze.

Maj. Gen. Gurmeet Singh and seven accompanying officers arrived in Beijing on Sunday for a weeklong visit that will also include stops in the business and shipping hub of Shanghai and the far-northwestern territory of Xinjiang.

Such exchanges were suspended by India last year in protest over China’s decision to issue visas to Indians from disputed Kashmir in the form of a document stapled into their passports rather than a stamp. The decision appeared to question the legitimacy of Indian rule in Kashmir and was considered a concession to Pakistan, India’s arch rival with which China maintains close ties.

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