India and China to strengthen together, Chinese diplomat says


China and India are sure to grow stronger, said Tang Guocai, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Mumbai. He was speaking at the online event celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and the 71st of Sino-Indian diplomatic relations.

During his address, he highlighted three key perspectives in Indo-Chinese relations: deepening mutual understanding by learning from history, pursuing joint development and common prosperity; and strengthen interpersonal ties.

On mutual understanding, Tang said, “China and India will definitely become stronger. However, our inherent strength must not pose a threat to either the West or each other. “

“Let us open our minds more, use the mentality of China and India, instead of China or India, to unleash the greatest potential for common development for our people,” he added.

Commenting on the economic activities of the two countries, Tang said, “The volume of trade between China and India has reached $ 100 billion, and Indian exports to China are increasing rapidly. China is India’s most important and irreplaceable trading partner.

He also added that together, the two countries can navigate marine culture, enrich the marine economy and build mutual understanding and trust.

There was a special address by Rajiv Podar, President of IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He said it was the right time for Chinese companies to come to India and start their manufacturing facilities in the country. He added, “Many Chinese companies produce in India and have successfully established their brand in India …”

Podar said, “India’s bilateral trade with China in the first half of fiscal 2021 increased by a record 62.7% to $ 57.48 billion. This is the largest increase on record among China’s trading partners. This proves that bilateral relations between the two countries have been strong even in difficult times, Podar said.

Tang also said that India and China are very complementary in the economic field, especially in manufacturing, new energy and the digital economy. “Our business leaders know well that peace and harmony are conducive to wealth and growth,” he said.

Zhang Baojuan, President of the World Organization for Cooperation among Historic and Cultural Canal Cities (WCCO) and GH Fernandes, President of the India-China Friendship Association also delivered remarks during the session.

The event was jointly organized by the Chinese Consulate in Mumbai, the Indo-Chinese Friendship Association (ICFA) and the World Cooperation Organization of Historic and Cultural Canal Cities (WCCO) in Yangzhou.

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Posted on: Monday September 27, 2021 12:29 am IST


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