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Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata Holds China India Developmental Dynamics Seminar

On September 6th and 7th, 2019, Consulate General of the PRC and Visva Bharati jointly held an international conference on China India Developmental Dynamics.

Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Mr Zha Liyou, Indian Council of World Affairs Director General Ambassador T.C.A. Raghavan, Centre for Social Development Professor Manoranjan Mohanty, Visva Bharati Vice Chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty, Bhasha Bhavana Principal Prof. Narottam Senapati, Cheena Bhavan Head Prof. Avijit Banerjee, and 42 Chinese and Indian scholars from Peking University, Tsinghua University, Tongji University, Shanghai International Studies University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Wuhan University, Shandong University, Yunnan University, Lanzhou University, Shenzhen University, West Normal University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Yunnan Minzu University, China Institute of International Studies, Beijing Film Academy, and Visva Bharati, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, South Asian University, Sikkim University, Institute of Chinese Studies, Institute of Social Sciences, Observer Research Foundation, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Vivekananda International Foundation, Indian Council of World Affairs, India China Parliamentary Group, and Visva Bharati teachers and students, Chinese and Indian mainstream media, totally over 200 people were present.

In the opening ceremony, Visva Bharati students sang a beautiful song of Rabindranath Tagore to welcome the distinguished guests. Consul General Mr Zha Liyou and the guests lighted the auspicious light and delivered a speech. He said that this year is the 70th anniversary of the founding of PRC. Over the past 70 years China has successfully embarked on a road of socialism with Chinese characteristics and achieved remarkable achievements. Under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the Communist Party of China and the people of the country will remain true to our original aspiration and continue to advance in order to realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. This year is also the 73rd anniversary of India's independence. Sino-Indian relations continue to maintain a good momentum of rapid development. China and India as friendly neighbors should and will be able to become closer partners. China will uphold the concept of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit, and inclusiveness put forward by President Xi Jinping and the neighborhood diplomacy policy of building friendship and partnership with neighboring countries, and work with India to continue to promote a closer development partnership.

He pointed out that this meeting focuses on comparing development experiences of the two countries and is of great significance for strengthening policy communication, promoting mutual learning and developing mutually beneficial cooperation between China and India. It is hoped that the scholars will follow the fine tradition of Tagore's emphasis on developing Sino-Indian friendship, conduct in-depth friendly exchanges and discussions during the meeting, to offer suggestions for furthering the ties in various fields between China and India, and create a good atmosphere for the development of Sino-Indian relations in the new era.

Ambassador Raghavan, VC Chakrabarty and others said that India and China as two ancient civilizations have a profound history of communication and hope that this seminar will provide positive inspiration and suggestions for future friendly exchanges between the two countries.

The seminar covers topics including developmental dynamics of China and India, economic and people-to-people links, Tagore and Sino-Indian relations, and so on. Wonderful Chinese and Indian cultural programs were performed by Visva Bharati teachers and students and won warm applause from the scholars.

More than ten mainstream Indian media, including UNI, Times of India, the Telegraph, Anandabazar Patrika etc., covered the event in English, Hindi, Bengali, and Urdu.

At sidelines of the seminar, Consul General Mr Zha Liyou also met with VC Chakrabarty and Mr Tarun Vijay (Chairman of National Monuments Authority of Ministry of Culture, and India China Parliamentary Group, former Rajya Sabha Member) respectively, and gave books written by President Xi Jinping (Xi Jinping: The Governance of China, Up and Out of Poverty) to them.

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