Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, met at his residency Mr. Sugata Bose, a Member of India's Parliament from the Jadavpur Constituency in West Bengal, and his mother Madame Krishna Bose on 15 August 2016.
Consul General Ma welcomed Mr. Bose and his mother back to the Consul General's residency, noting they were old friends for the Chinese Consulate and he had a lot of respect for both of them. He said that Madame Krishna Bose, as writer, educator, social activist, and former chairwomen of Foreign Affairs Committee of India's Lok Sabha, and Mr. Sugata Bose as MP and well-known historian, have long supported and participated in the friendly exchanges between China and India, and he invited them to visit China again.
The Consul General noted that China-India relations have entered a new era of rapid development, the two countries have shared responsibility in the new international situation, and their shared interests far outweigh their differences. He shared with them his belief that the bilateral relationship, with joint efforts, will undergo still greater development in the months and years to come.
Mr. Bose indicated that India and China also greatly influenced each other in modern and contemporary times although a lot of attention is now given to the historical interactions between the two ancient civilizations. For instance, his grandfather Sarat Chandra Bose, who was the elder brother of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and who devoted himself to the struggle of the Indian Independence Movement, closely followed the developments in China in the 1940's even when he was imprisoned by British-Indian authorities, and sent Chairman Mao Zedong a congratulatory telegraph upon the declaration of the founding of the People's Republic of China. And Chairman Mao thanked him in his reply.
Mr. Bose suggested that India and China could conduct exchanges in culture, economy, trade and other fields, and the Netaji Research Bureau in Kolkata run by his family, is ready to co-host events with the Chinese Consulate.
Madame Bose said the Indians and Chinese have a sense of closeness towards each other, and she was optimistic about the prospects of the development of India-China relationship.
Deputy Consul General Cai Zhifeng, Consuls Chen Yongliang and Wang Mei were present at the meeting.