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Consul General Ma Zhanwu Meets SAI  Delegation from India
2017/05/29

On 28 May 2017, Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, met at his residence with a group of students from SAI International School, Bhubaneswar, India led by Ms. Jessica Patnaik, International Coordinator of the school, which will visit China in the next 10 days. Consuls Zhang Jing and Wang Mei and Vice Consul Shi Lijun were present.

Mr. Ma told the delegation about the friendly exchanges between China and India in the history, and mentioned that Xuanzang, or Hiuen Tsang, the renowned Chinese Buddhist monk, visited what is Odisha today in the year 636 A.D. and noted down what he saw in his book titled the Great Tang Records on the Western Regions. He called this place Wutu, which was translated from the Sanskrit word Odra. Chinese merchants in ancient times also came by ship to the areas by Mahanadi River, and old Chinese coins had been excavated in those areas.

Mr. Ma gave a briefing on the exchanges between China’s Fujian Province and Odisha, and said that another group from Fujian will visit Odisha soon to make a short film about the state, which is to be screened during the BRICS summit that will be held in Xiamen, Fujian in September 2017. He continued to say that Fuzhou No. 1 School in Fujian Province is one of the two schools that the group will visit during the visit. Like SAI International School, it is a very good school. An MOU for friendly exchanges will be signed between SAI and this school during the trip. It is hoped that the SAI students will have good interactions with the students of Fuzhou No. 1 School as well as with those of the High School Affiliated to Yunnan Minzu University, which is a very good high school too.

He wanted the delegation to have a better understanding of China through the visit, and contribute to the friendly exchanges between SAI and the two schools, and between China and India. He wished the SAI group a pleasant and successful journey.

Ms. Jessica Patnaik and the students from SAI thanked the Chinese Consulate for the arrangement made for their visit to China, and said they were excited about the trip, and looked forward to the exchanges with the two schools, for which they had prepared some programs. They also expressed the hope that teachers and students from the Chinese schools could visit SAI soon.

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