Remarks by Consul General Tang Guocai at Reception in Celebration of the 69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

(Sept 29, 2018, Mumbai)

Respectable Mr. Jaykumar Rawal, Hon. Minister of Tourism and Employment Guarantee Scheme of Maharashtra Government,

Respectable Mr. Rajgopal Deora, Chief Protocol Officer of Maharashtra Government, 

Respectable Mr. Sanjay Dutt, Secretary of AICC,

Dear Colleagues from the Consular Corps of Mumbai,

Dear friends, ladies, and gentlemen,


A warm welcome to you all for attending today's reception and celebrating together with us the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, which falls on October 1, 1949. We remember clearly that India was one of the first countries to acknowledge and establish diplomatic relations with new China. And we will never forget that 80 years ago, Dr. Kotnis led an Indian medical team to China and sacrificed his life for the liberation of the Chinese people.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up. In the early 1990s, India also begun similar economic reform. Both China and India have made remarkable achievements and become the second and sixth largest economies respectively. China's reform and opening up started from the southeast. In the process of reform in India, the southwest region such as Mumbai, Maharashtra, Karnataka, under our Consular district are also playing a vital role. Today I'd like to highlight three key areas of progress and prospect for the future.

Firstly, following the strategic guidance of the leaders of our two countries, taking steady steps for local cooperation. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi's Wuhan Summit and subsequent series of meetings have opened a new chapter in Sino-Indian relations. I am pleased to see that various Chinese and Indian local leaders have followed the pace of our leaders to increase mutual trust by strengthening official exchanges at all levels. Hon. Tourism Minister Rawal just returned from his successful visit to China. I'm sure he'll have better news on China than I do. In the next few months, there will be a couple of vice-premier level and more than 10 ministerial level Chinese delegations visiting Maharashtra and Karnataka. Next month, the 7th China-India Forum will be held in Pune. There will be many Chinese government delegations from several provinces and hundreds of companies to attend. 

Ladies and gentlemen,

The tale of the two sister-cities Shanghai-Mumbai is indeed the most vivid portrayal of the tale of our two great nations. Many people often compare Mumbai and Shanghai because of the similarities between them. In fact, these two cities will never become each other, but they will become better in themselves by encouraging, and helping each other, just like our two great civilizations. It's very heartening to see that both sides are now thinking  big in cooperation.

It is also worth mentioning that, this year, our Consulate and the Maharashtra government jointly established 2 Solar Pumping System stations in Wardha, Nagpur, benefiting thousands of local farmers.

Secondly, economic and trade cooperation is solid and effective. The past Monday marks Chinese traditional mid-Autumn festival, I was fortunate to join the Hon.Chief Minister, Mr. Fadenavis, witnessing 1st Tunnel Boring Machine Breakthrough in the International Airport section of the Mumbai Metro line 3, which was built by Shanghai Urban Construction team. What I mean here is that with Chinese and Indian teams' sincere cooperation,  we may not necessarily always stand first, but shall always be good and fast. 

As an important outcome of the meeting between our two leaders, the first consignment of 100 tons of Indian non-Basmati rice were shipped to China from New Mumbai Port yesterday. Here of course, I'd also like to acknowledge the presence of JNPT chairman Mr.Neeraj Bansal.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Finance is the blood vessels of the national economy. This year in July, Mr. Ashish Chouhan, the Managing Director of  Bombay Stock Exchange paid a fruitful visit to China, establishing strategic partnership with the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

I visited Pune recently. Dozens of Chinese enterprises have established factories in Pune's Industrial Parks. These companies actively serve the city, 90% of employees come from the local area, providing direct and indirect employment reaching 5,000 and 15,000 respectively. Today, more than 10 Chinese enterprises have also setup their booths here. The business sector is just like precious water around us, and is always the most important link between people and countries.

Thirdly,  China and India are great civilizations with a long history of friendly exchanges. Buddhism is an important link between the Chinese and Indian people for thousands of years. In modern times, the famous Indian poet  Tagore visited China and communicated freely with Chinese cultural celebrities, which is still praised by the cultural circles of these two countries. In recent years, cultural exchanges flourished between our two countries. President Xi Jinping has on several occasions, praised Bollywood movies. Especially <Dangal>, <Hindi Medium>  are popular in China, Mr. Amir Khan and other Indian movie stars are known almost by every family. In the vast countryside of China and India, perhaps Bollywood is more realistic than Hollywood.

Friendship between the people holds the key to sound state to state relations. At the end of this year, our two countries will establish high-level cultural exchange mechanism. China and India need this mechanism to further strengthen the cooperation of schools, media, think tanks and so on, and consolidate the foundation for stable and healthy development of bilateral relations. The Himalayas have never separated China and India, but have become the common backbone for us and our neighbouring countries, making us steady and strong. Without the development of China and India, there will be no "Asian century". Ladies and gentlemen, we must remember, the youth represents the future.  Tonight there will be some children's performances. Let us jointly guide the younger generation to prepare for the friendly cooperation between China and India in future.

Last but not the least, I want to thank my entire team led by Deputy Consul General madam Wang Yanhua, and Counsellor for economic affairs Mr. Wang Shicai, for their hard work. My thanks also to the Trident Hotel for providing Sino-Indian food and excellent service, to Catalyst company for their elegant design, and to all the young singers and their families. I wish them a successful show tonight.

Thank you everyone.

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