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Chinese Consulate in Kolkata

Consulate coming up in Kolkata, trade looking up, Beijing takes another step to close the distance

For the first time, Kolkata will be linked directly to China as Eastern China Airline starts operating flights between the West Bengal capital and Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province.

“Every year a lot of people from eastern India visit China, either for business or for travel. That has necessitated the inauguration of direct flights between Kolkata and Kunming,” Mao Siwei, the first Consul General of China to Kolkata, told The Indian Express.

The much-awaited Chinese Consulate at Kolkata is going to open at the end of this year and Siwei is currently looking for office space. Staying at a hotel for the time being, Siwei said Kolkata has always been a hub for Chinese people. “It is the only city in India which has a sizeable Chinese population staying in ‘China Town’. You won’t find another China Town in any other city of this country,” he said.

Siwei himself is an old India hand, having worked in Chinese missions in New Delhi and Islamabad in the ’90s. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Delhi’s JNU between 1993 and 1998.

Trade is at the back of the mind of both governments and the direct flight is another step in that direction. Last year, the volume of trade between India and China stood at Rs 78,400 crore. Siwei expects it to rise once the Kolkata mission starts functioning.

Siwei said that’s the message he got from Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee as well. “He told me that he wanted large-scale investment in West Bengal. I told him our government agreed with that.”

While Chinese firm Dong Fang is already helping build the 600 MW Santaldihi project at Murshidabad, the prospect of more trade has increased since the opening of the Nathu La border pass in Sikkim.

It was during the three-day visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India last year that it was agreed that China would set up its second consular office after Mumbai in Kolkata. India at the same time will open its consular office at Guangzhou.

Before the Consulate plan too, Kolkata and Beijing were exploring trade opportunities. In November 2005, West Bengal Commerce and Industries Minister Nirupam Sen went to China at the invitation of the China Economic Cooperation Center. The 20 frontline industrialists from the state who were part of the delegation were hosted by several high-ranking officials during their visit.

source: http://www.indianexpress.com/story/225879.html

yesterday i met the chinese consul, Guo Minghui at the hyatt regency at salt lake .  He told us that the chinese consulate in kolkata will be opening at the end of this month(april) but is not yet officially declared.

will be looking forward for it … to see more of indo-chinese tie-up both economically and politically…

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  2. DR PRABUDDHA KUMAR GHOSH,State President,Indian medical Association Bengal State Branch says:

    Just recently myself and my wife Dr Syamali Ghosh had a short trip of China .It was a wonderful experience to see the developments there.We are desirous to go there again for a more elaborate visit of social and academic nature.
    We were granted a very useful interview by the Secretary General of the Chinese Medical Association,Prof.Wu Mingjiang along with a wonderful hospitality.
    We are desirous to learn about economic mesures being pursued in China.

  3. Dan says:

    To: Drs. Prabuddha Kumar and Syamali Ghosh

    Nice to hear that you had a short but wonderful trip in China. It is even better to hear that you both are desirous to revisit China elaborately again and bring about more social and academic development links of both China and India.

    What are the cities or places of interest did you visit ? If you are a city person, maybe Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong will be of great interests to start with.

    With what you have seen, heard and experienced during your visit, looks like you both are perfect match of becoming peace ambassadors to promote social, cultural, economic and academic developments of both countries.

    There is a small Chinese community in Kolkata, India and I believe that you may continue to enhance these links further at home.

    Good luck to you and I am sure China will welcome you again and again with open arms when you next visit it.

  4. Dileep Chandan, Editor, ASAM BANI. Assam, INDIA says:

    As a newspaper editor here in the north east part of India I have to visit various places in this region.In the same way, I have visited the place -MAKUM very recently.The story is really pathetic.I came to know that the chief minister of Assam had a discussion on the issue raised by the author Dr.Rita Choudhury and expressed his fellow feelings for the victims.Even he says that he would take care of all the visitors from China,if anybody wants to come see their birth place.While all political parties in Assam have also agreed on the issue and they have appreciated the author of “MAKAM” for raising the issue through her novel.In the last week all MPs of the north east had a meeting with Dr. Rita in New Delhi.I think Dr. Rita has done her duty as a writer.Now it is the duty of the international community to give justice to those victims of the Chino-Indian war of 1962.I congratulate Dr. Rita Choudhury for her exceptionally brilliant novel of 600 pages in Assamese language and I would like to request her to translate the novel immediately for the international readers.