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Consul General Ma Zhanwu Speaks at BCC Round-table

Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, addressed the interactive session on the topic of "Eastern India-China Trade Relations: Finding Common Ground in Bilateral Ties" organized by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC) in Kolkata, India on 28 April 2018.

Over 60 people were present at the session, including Mr. Sitaram Sharma, President of BCC; Mr. Satish Kapur, Senior Vice-President of BCC; Ms. Keka Sarma, Secretary General of BCC; diplomats and honorary consuls, BCC members, university scholars, and journalists from the media houses. Vice Consul Xie Chao was also there.

Mr. Ma said the informal summit meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi in Wuhan, China is very important and has opened a new chapter in China-India relationship. It is believed that with the joint efforts by both sides, the friendly exchanges and cooperation between the two countries will continue to grow and move forward, just like the flow of the Yangtze River and the Ganges.

Mr. Ma introduced the major measures taken by China in its opening-up as announced by President Xi Jinping at the Opening Ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018, which include significantly broadening market access, creating a more attractive investment environment, strengthening the protection of intellectual property rights, and taking the initiative to expand imports.

He also talked about the content of the plan on deepening reforms of the CPC (Communist Party of China) and state institutions as released by the CPC Central Committee not long ago.

The Consul General emphasized that as President Xi stated in the above-mentioned speech, China will firmly continue its reform and opening-up, and work together with other countries in Asia and the rest of the world to create a better future for Asia and the world. In particular, China’s reform and opening-up in the new era will create substantial business opportunities. It is expected that the business communities in Eastern India will seize such opportunities to carry out economic, trade and investment cooperation with China in various fields, giving a further boost to the relations between Eastern India and China.

He also briefed the audience on China’s development blueprint and strategy, and interacted with them on such issues as trade, culture, environmental protection, visa application, China International Import Expo, and how to seek Chinese business partners during the Q&A session.

President Sharma and others thanked Mr. Ma for attending this event, and expressed appreciated of the efforts by the Chinese Consulate to develop the economic and trade relations between Eastern India and China, and emphasized their readiness to strengthen communication and exchanges with Chinese businesses in education, medical service, tourism, manufacturing, goods trade, and other fields, and further promote the development of India-China relations.

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