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Chinese Ambassador: Calls on Sikkim CM

Chumthang News Service,
Imphal/22nd July/2015: Ambassador of People’s Republic of China in India Mr. Le Yucheng who is in Sikkim to witness the first batch of pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar crossover through the new route through Nathula Pass on Monday (22nd June), along with his four member team ( Mr. Zhang Yang, Counsellor, Mr. Wang Binbin, Deputy Director, Consulate Section, Mr. Zhu Songbo, Deputy Director, Political Section and Mr. Ren Hao, Secretary to the Ambassador) called on the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at his official residence Mintokgang in the capital on Monday.
During the meeting the Ambassador Mr. Yucheng not only expressed his happiness to be here in the state of Sikkim to witness such a historic occasion but also informed that his predecessor had also come to Sikkim to witness the opening of the Nathula Trade route in the year 2006. Mesmerized by the beauty of Sikkim and the achievements which the present Mr. Chamling led government have achieved, Mr. Yucheng stated that Sikkim is our close neighbor and we have enjoyed cordial and long relationship with the state, therefore I am looking forward to close cooperation between the China and Sikkim.

After last year’s Chinese President’s visit to India and his counterpart Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s recent visit to China have opened new avenues and created new opportunities after signing around 50 agreements between the Asia’s two largest nations he informed. He also felt that Sikkim could also play its part in this new development by having Chinese investment in the state. Sikkim has a huge potential in the field of tourism therefore they can cater Chinese tourists, he added.

The Ambassador also informed that that his Government across the border has made good very arrangements for the pilgrims visiting Kailash Mansarovar and will be furnishing them with all the facilities, which includes not only good accommodation but also good Indian food. He further added that he was very optimistic about the future of Indo China relationship which he said was going and growing upwards. As the two fastest-growing and emerging countries of the world, our common development will benefit people from both the sides, he added.

Taking about the new developments, the diplomat also stressed that education was one big field and invited the students of Sikkim to study in Chinese universities as education he felt was a very good form of cooperation. On the other hand Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling on behalf on his government and people of Sikkim thanked both the Chinese as well as Government of India for opening of this new route to Mansarovar as well as for opening of the trade route in 2006. These new developments will provide the people of Sikkim with wide range of opportunities, therefore the people of the state are very thankful and joyous towards both the government, he informed.

Further he informed how the State f Sikkim is ecofriendly and chemical free state, with huge biodiversity and by the end of this year will be fully organic state, which none of the other states of India has been able to replicate. Mr. Chamling also expressed his interest and desire to visit China in the future to have a look at the world’s second largest economy and there development programmes. Mr. Yucheng was quick in his response and assured that all the arrangements will be made as and when the Chief Minister desires to visit China, while adding that he will be very pleased to welcome him to China.

The meeting which was also attended by the Chief Secretary Mrs. R Ongmu along with the Director General of Police, Home, Tourism and Industries Secretaries, while interacting with the Chinese Ambassador hoped that the trade through Nathula Trade route will be in higher level and also have Chinese tourists visiting Sikkim in large numbers. She also added that Sikkim’s organic products and flowers can have a good market in China and hoped that these products could be exported through the Nathula trade route. The Chinese diplomat gave very positive response and said that China today is opening up and will be more than happy to have the products of Sikkim in his country.
Source: N.E.T                                                                                    

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