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Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata held Virtual Meeting for 71st National Day

On September 27, Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata held a virtual meeting to celebrate the 71st anniversary of founding of the People’s Republic of China. Consul General Mr. Zha Liyou, Deputy Director General of Yunnan Foreign Affairs Office Mr. Yang Shaocheng, Minister-in-charge, Consumer Affairs & Self Help Group and Self Employment, Government of West Bengal Mr. Sadhan Pande, Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Toufique Hasan, Director of Jiwanram Sheoduttrai Group Mr. Kamal Prakash, Founder & President of Parichay Foundation Ms. Rosalin Patasani Mishra, President of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis Memorial Committee, West Bengal Mr. M. Gantait, Film Director Mr. Indranil Roychowdhury, President of Bengal National Chamber of Commerce & Industry Mr. Arpan Mitra, Former President of Bharat Chamber of Commerce Mr. Sitaram Sharma, Honorary Consul of Brazil Mr. Pradeep Khemka, Head of Cheena Bhavan, Visva Bharati Mr. Avijit Banerjee, President of All India Overseas Chinese Association Mr. Chen Yaohua, President of Indo-China Association Mr. Binny Lu, representative from Chinese Company in Kolkata and staff members from Chinese Consulate General attended.

Mr. Zha Liyou stressed that the year 2020 posed great challenges to China. At the beginning of this year, China was hit by the sudden outbreak of Covid 19, which evolved into a major public health emergency that has spread the fastest, caused the most extensive infections and been the hardest to contain since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. However, the year 2020 also brings lots of hope to China. Under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China, Chinese people shouldered their responsibilities, united as one, and proactively participated in epidemic prevention and control, so we have won a decisive victory in the battle against the virus. The year 2020 is also decisive in securing China’s victory of building an all-round well-off society and eliminating poverty. China overcame the adverse impact of pandemic to maintain stable operation of its national economy and made progress in poverty alleviation to meet the target as planned. Moreover, we are more determined to promote the modernization of the national governance system and capacity and work more actively to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

Mr. Zha Liyou pointed out the year 2020 is also significant in China-India relations. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two ancient oriental civilizations. In the past 70 years, due to the joint efforts of successive leaders from both sides, China and India have established a strategic partnership for peace and prosperity. Although the development of China-India relations is not always smooth, friendship and cooperation have always been the mainstream. Though the Galwan Valley Incident in the western sector of the China-India boundary brought challenges to bilateral relations, we always believe China and India are partners rather than rivals to each other, and opportunities rather than threats. China-India relations today are hard-earned and should be cherished all the more. At critical moment, the two sides should handle the relations cautiously, calmly and rationally, always look forward and move forward, and resolutely avoid the whirlpool of suspicion and confrontation caused by miscalculation of the situation.

Mr. Zha Liyou also introduced the work done by Chinese Consulate General this year, acknowledged great support of East Indian friends and encouraged all to join hands to bring China-India relations back on the right track soon.

Mr. Yang Shaocheng introduced Yunnan’s geographical advantages and recent friendly connections with India, and expressed willingness to further strengthen cooperation and exchanges between Yunnan and India. He also stressed Yunnan’s willingness to share experience in epidemic prevention and control for Covid 19.

Minister Mr. Pande congratulated on the 71st Chinese National Day and highly appreciated the work done by the Chinese Consulate General. He believed India and China are good friends. Although there are some difficulties in bilateral relations, they are deemed to be handled properly. Both sides should work together to bring the relations back to normal.

Mr. Prakash, Ms. Rosalin, Mr. Gantait, Mr. Roychowdhury, Mr. Mitra, Mr. Sharma and other friends all congratulated on China’s 71st anniversary and believed China and India, as one of the two oldest civilizations and emerging economies, should work together. Although there are setbacks in bilateral relations, they still had great confidence and were willing to promote economic cooperation and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

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