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Chinese Consulate in Kolkata Holds Workshop on China-India Educational Exchanges

The Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Kolkata held a workshop on China-India Educational Exchanges on 13 September 2017, at the Oberoi Grand Hotel, Kolkata. The workshop was held in association with the Indian Chamber of Commerce, the School of Chinese Language in Kolkata, and the Foreign Office of the Provincial Government of Yunnan, China.

The workshop was attended by more than 70 people including a high level delegation from Yunnan led by Mr. Li Xiaosan, Senior Advisor to Government of Yunnan Province, and Mr. Sadhan Pande, Minister of Consumer Affairs and Self Help Group & Self Employment, Government of Bengla, Mr. Madan Saraff, President of The School of Chinese Language in Kolkata, Mr. Harsh Poddar, Executive Committee Member of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Mr. Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University, Mrs. Soma Bandyopadhyay, Director of IISWBM, Mr. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Vice Chancellor of Amity University, Mr. Avijit Banerjee, Head of Cheena Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, as well as other vice chancellors and principals and professors of universities and high schools, educators, and business representatives from Eastern India.

Consul General Ma welcomed all the guests, and thanked the Government of Bengla and other stakeholders for their supports on this workshop. He noted that as two major developing countries in the world, China and India should maintain sound and stable bilateral relations, which is the core interests of the two peoples, and beneficial to the whole Asia and the world at large. He said that although there are divergences between China and India, their shared interests far outweigh the differences, and both sides should work hard to promote the China-India relationship. He emphasized that such humanities exchanges, especially in the educational sectors, could contribute to the mutual trust and thereby strengthen the relations, and the Consulate stands ready to extend support and assistance.

Mr. Ma also congratulated the efforts made by the schools and universities in Eastern India for holding successful exchanges with the schools and universities of Yunnan, while around 50 universities and schools have signed MoUs in this regard.

Mr. Li Xiaosan said that Yunnan Province attaches great importance to nurturing young talents and had already conducted several projects and programs with related Indian partners. He mentioned that now more than 1000 Indian students are studying in Yunnan, and there is immense potential for further educational exchanges and cooperation between Yunnan and India.

Minister Pande said that India and China have a long history of good relations, and both are becoming very important players in the world. The Government of Bengla and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are happy to see interactions and cooperation between universities and schools of Bengla and Yunnan.

Other guests also interacted with the Yunnan delegation and offered recommendations. The consensus had been reached that the people-to-people exchanges, language courses cooperation, academic discussions and other forms of interactions between Bengla and Yunnan are useful and important. They hoped that the central and local governments of both countries could give more support to facilitate such exchanges. They also thanked the Consulate for doing a lot of work and said they would keep close contact with the Consulate.

Mr. Li Jiming, Director-General of Yunnan Foreign Affairs Office, Mr. Lin Wenxun, President of Yunnan University, Mr. Li Chaowen, Member of the Executive Committee & Head of the General Office of the Organization Department of CPC Yunnan Provincial Committee, as well as Mr. Cai Zhifeng, Deputy Consul General, and other Consulate officials were also present.

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