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Chinese Consulate Kolkata Donates Van and Smart Class Infrastructure to Indian Charity Units

On 14 November 2017, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata, in cooperation with Kolkata Police, Rotary Club of Calcutta Millennium and Rakshak Foundation, held a ceremony to hand over to local charity organizations a van to be used as school bus as well as Smart Class Infrastructure, including TV monitors, smart desks, chairs and tables.

Consul General Ma Zhanwu, along with Dr. Partha Chatterjee, Acting Chief Minister and Minister of Education with the State Government of West Bengal, India; Sri Sujay Kumar Chanda, Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police; Ms. Chaitali Das, President of Rotary Club of Calcutta Millennium; Sri Jaydip Das, founder trustee of the Rakshak Foundation; and about 200 students and their parents were present at the function.

Addressing the crowd, Consul General Ma Zhanwu said that it was November 14th today, the Children’s day in India. The Chinese Consulate decided to make the donations to the Stars Welfare Society and Naba Disha Centers at Tollygunge and Ekbalpur on this special day because it wanted to contribute to the healthy development and growth of the underprivileged children studying at the three places, and to contribute to enhanced harmony of the society and a good China-India relationship.

Mr. Ma told the audience that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was successfully held in Beijing in October 2017, and it was made clear at this Congress that China will work with all other countries to build a community with a shared future for the mankind. By providing assistance to the underprivileged children in Kolkata, the Consulate wishes to demonstrate the good will of the Chinese people towards the Indian people, as China and India are neighboring countries that are mutually important. And with joint efforts, the two countries can make huge achievements in their exchanges and cooperation and witness great development of the bilateral relationship. Hopefully, the children and their parents as well as all those involved will join the Chinese Consulate in its effort to promote friendly exchanges and mutually beneficially cooperation between China and India in the coming years and decades, and build a better and shared future for the children, the two great nations and the whole mankind.

Consul General Ma also thanked the West Bengal State Government and the relevant Indian partners for their support.

Dr. Chatterjee and other honored guests expressed appreciation at the endeavour by the Chinese Consulate to advance the friendship between India and China, and indicated their willingness to work further with the Chinese Consulate to promote friendly exchanges and mutually beneficially cooperation between China and this part of India.

Subsequently, Consul General Ma and the guests handed over the model of the key to the school bus to Ms. Yasmin Naomi Chung, founder of the Stars Welfare Society, and lit up the mangal deep (the auspicious lamp) to inaugurate the Smart Class infrastructure for the two Naba Disha centers.

Mr. Ma also gave out sweets to the Indian children present and wished them Happy Children's Day.

Journalists from Times of India, the Telegraph, the Statesman, Kolkata TV, ANM News and other mainstream media in Eastern India were present to cover the event.

Deputy Consul General Cai Zhifeng, Consul Li Suyun, Vice Consul Shi Lijun, Consular Attache Liu Li attended the above function.

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