TIANHE | June18
Minister of commerce, trade and industry Thongam Biswajit Singh called on Consul General of India SailasThangal today and discussed ways to strengthen trade and economic ties between India and China.
The minister and his accompanying officials from the state met the Consul General at the latter’s Lin He Zhong road official residence in Tianhe district, People’s Republic of China, L. Bashanta Sharma, media co-ordinator to chief Minister said in a release. Bashanta is accompanying the minister.
Biswajit said he discussed ideas and ways with the Consul General on how to develop the Indo-China relation and stimulate economic and trade relations especially between Manipur and China.
He said during the present tour his team has received several ideas and suggestions from many including the Consul General.
The minister, who stressed on China’s importance in the plan to develop Manipur’s economy, said now the government will work on how to incorporate these ideas into the Act East Policy for the growth of Manipur’s economy.
The Consul General explained the importance of Yunnan province in developing Manipur-China relations.
Elaborating further he said India and China are big countries and Delhi and Beijing cannot cover everything. However, if we can promote relations between Manipur and Yunnan under the guidance of Beijing and Delhi, there will be fruitful cooperation and much progress, he added.
“Yunnan can be a developmental model for Manipur as well”, he said explaining that both Manipur and Yunnan have many similarities including geographic conditions, climatic conditions. He said like in Manipur, there are different ethnic groups in Yunnan.
He said Manipur can replicate the development model of Yunnan.
Yunnan also acts as land bridge between India and China, he said, adding that the place has a political connection with North East India especially during World War II.
A team from the state led by Biswajit Singh, attended the South and South East Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair, 2017 at the Dianchi International Convention and International Sistership pavilion at Kunming, Yunan Province, People’s Republic of China.
The Minister is accompanied by L. Lakher, principal secretary commerce and industry, M Luikham, director commerce and industry, L. Inunganbi Devi, councillor, Imphal Municipal Corporation and Chandrakishore Singh, president, North East Federation on International Trade, Manipur Chapter.
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