Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, met with Mr. Asok Bhattacharya, Mayor of Siliguri Municipal Corporation at Darjeeling, West Bengal, India on 14 April 2017. Consuls Li Suyun, Zhang Jing, Chen Yongliang were present.
Mr. Bhattacharya told Mr. Ma about the important features of Siliguri, saying it is known for six T's, i.e. tea, timber, tourism, transport, trade, and table tennis. He said that over the recent years quite some progress has been made in the social and economic developments in Siliguri. And he was elected Mayor of Siliguri in May 2015, and was elected member of the State Legislative Assembly five times, and he always tries his best to associate himself with the people and strive to work for their benefit. He visited China many times and was much impressed by the economic development and urbanization in China. He would welcome an opportunity to have exchanges with mayors in China on how to meet the challenges brought about by urbanization.
Mr. Ma gave the mayor a brief introduction of the current China-India relationship, the interactions between China and West Bengal, as well as the social and economic developments in China. He emphasized that as both countries give top priority to development and have shared interests that far outweigh their differences, China and India should enhance their exchanges and cooperation and work together to tap the huge potentials in their ties.
The Consul General expressed his admiration at the development in Siliguri and invited Mr. Bhattacharya to visit China in the coming months to exchange views on urbanization and economic development, and explore possible cooperation on trade, investment, sports and education with his Chinese counterparts.
After the meeting, Mr. Ma and Mr. Bhattacharya gave interviews to journalists from The Times of India, The Statesman, and other English, Hindi, and Nepali media agencies.