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Chairman of the National People’s Congress of China visits India

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Mumbai: Chairman of the National People’s Congress and the third highest ranking leader of the Communist Party of China Mr Zhang Dejiang met the Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Sunday (14th June). Mr Zhang Dejiang told the Governor that the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to India and the subsequent visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to China have added a new dimension to the relations between China and India. Mentioning that more than 50 agreements were signed between the two nations during the high level visits, he said that the results of these agreements would be visible in the next three years if two countries could maintain the momentum. Mr Dejiang said India and China are among the oldest civilisations and rapidly emerging countries. He said, close cooperation between the two countries will not only benefit the 2.5 billion people of the two countries, but would also benefit the entire region. Observing that there are historic issues and differences between the two countries, Dejiang added that if addressed properly, these issues will not affect the relations between the two countries. Dejiang expressed the need for strengthening cooperation between parliaments and provincial legislatures. Stating that he has himself served in local governments for many years, Dejiang called for increasing exchanges between provincial legislatures in China and India. He welcomed the suggestion of the Governor to enhance cooperation between universities and increase student exchange. The Chinese leader told the Governor that Chinese tourists are travelling more and more and that they were good spenders. He said if one million Chinese tourists come to India, it will benefit India immensely. He said that improvement in VISA regime will bring more tourists to India. Mr Dejiang told the Governor that the population of Korea was only 50 million, but the trade between China and Korea was in trillion dollars. He said the population of India is 1.25 billion and therefore there is tremendous scope for further expansion of trade and business relations between the two countries. ‘Not a single Chinese student in Mumbai University’: Governor The Governor of Maharashtra who is also Chancellor of 20 universities in the State told Mr Dejiang that even though the University of Mumbai has 700,000 students, there was not a single Chinese student studying in Mumbai. He said even the Savitribai Phule University of Pune which has a sizeable number of foreign students had only 10 Chinese students. He called for greater exchanges between Universities and students in Maharashtra and China.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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