Hon'ble H.E.M.K.Narayanan,Governor of West Bengal,
Hon'ble Mr.Krishan Srinivasan,Former Foreign Secretary of India,
Mr.Partha Chatterjee,Hon'ble Minister for Commerce and Industries,Government of West Bengal,
Mr.Kong Can,Vice Director,YDRC
Ladies and Gentlemen,friends:
First, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in India, I would like to extend warm congratulations to you on hosting the 9th K2K Forum in Kolkata, and sincere regards to all members attending the Forum. I would also like to extend heartfelt thanks to the Centre for Studies in International Relations and Development for your excellent preparatory work.
This year is "the Year of Harvest" for China-India relations. The two countries have kept intensive high-level exchanges, dialogues and consultation. Mr. Xi Jinping, President of China, had several fruitful meetings this year with Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh exchanged visits within the same calendar year, the first time since 1954. The high-level interactions have brought China-India relations into a new stage of development. Moreover, our pragmatic cooperation has been unfolding in an all-round manner and has brought about significant yields. The foundation and bonds of China-India ties have been strengthened and understanding and friendship between the two peoples greatly deepened.
The K2K Forum has completed eleven years of success. It plays a positive role in enhancing cooperation between Yunnan and West Bengal and earns increasing attention from both countries. Yunnan and West Bengal enjoy geographic proximity and traditional historical links. As the east and west ends of the BCIM Economic Corridor, Yunnan and West Bengal are respectively important parts of the Opening-up of China's Western Region and Look East policy of India. That Kunming and Kolkata established sister city relationship last month is a testimony to the healthy and stable development of China-India relations. The ever-deepening exchanges and cooperation between Yunnan and West Bengal will further intensify bilateral cooperation, promote the construction of BCIM Economic Corridor and achieve mutual benefit and win-win results for both countries.
Today, K2K Forum helps gather together distinguished representatives from academia, business, tourism and culture circles of China and India. You are here to air your views and seek to expand cooperation. I believe your interaction will not only be inspiring to all of you, but also serve as new impetus to the pragmatic cooperation between Yunnan and West Bengal, to the construction of BCIM Economic Corridor and to the development of China-India relations at large. Let's join hands in opening up a new chapter in China-India cooperation.
To conclude, I would like to wish the 9th K2K Forum a grand success.