New Delhi: In the light of the defence policy, the External Affairs Ministry has decided not to invite Chinese companies to the biggest Defence Expo to be held in the National Capital. The ministry has rejected the proposal to invite Chinese companies in the biennial exhibition of the defence equipments.

According to government sources, Taiwan has also not been invited for the exhibition. Though the formal announcement was made right before External Affairs Minister SM Krishna left for Beijing, the ministry took two week’s time to decide on the same, the sources added.

Krishna, who is on a three day tour to Beijing, will discuss bilateral relations between both the countries and also prepare ground for the trip of the Chinese President Hu Jintao to India towards the end of next month. The decision has been taken in the wake of recent representative level talks on the boundary mechanism framework between India and China.

There have been instances earlier where the Indian Ministry decided to keep away the Chinese armaments companies out of the expo. During the Aero India 2011, China was denied entry to the event. Similarly, in the Defence Expo 2011 China and Pakistan were not invited. However in the 2009 edition of Aero India, Beijing did not participate despite being invited by India.

The Defence Ministry organises the Defence Expo and Aero India every alternate year. The Defence Expo India 2012 will be held at Pragati Maidan here from March 29 to April 1. Italy, Canada, Germany, France, South Korea, Russia, America, South Africa, Poland, Turkey Israel and Britain will be participants this year. In the last Defence Expo held in February 2010, 31 countries had displayed their products.

JPN/Bureau