The Consulate and Chinese & Indian Think Tanks Co-host an Online Symposium on Post-COVID-19 City Governance

On May 29, the Chinese Consulate in Mumbai, the Gateway House and Shanghai Institutes for international Studies (SIIS) co-host an online symposium entitled “Post-COVID-19 City Governance in China-India”, exchanging views on city governance, public health, infrastructure, etc. between Mumbai and Shanghai in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic and in the long term afterwards. Mr. Chen Dongxiao, President of SIIS, Mr. Liu Youfa, former Chinese Consul General in Mumbai and research fellow of SIIS, Ms. Manjeet Kripalani, CEO of the Gateway House, Mr. Pankaj Joshi, Executive Director of Urban Design Research Institute, as well as experts from the business and public health sectors of Mumbai and Shanghai participated in the symposium. Mr. Tang Guocai, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Mumbai, Deputy CG Wang Yanhua, Commercial Counsellor Liu Mingming attended the event.

Mr. Tang pointed out Shanghai-Mumbai sister city relationship is initiated by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is the symbol of China-India friendship. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the China-India diplomatic relations, bilateral close cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic is the best way to highlight the anniversary.

Mr. Tang put forward suggestions on bilateral pragmatic cooperation. Firstly, Keeping open-minded to tackle the post-COVID-19 challenges in terms of reform and development. Both sides should transcend the “China or India” mentality, and think and act from the “China and India” perspective. Secondly, focusing on livelihood and promoting exchanges on city governance. We should appropriately handle the issues of public health, migrant labor, infrastructure, etc., learn from each other, work together to turn crisis into opportunities, and lead regional economic and cultural cooperation. Thirdly, striking the balance between mankind and nature and building a community for shared future. China and India should further explore wisdom from traditional civilization, and contribute to scientific and sustainable development as well as bilateral and international community of shared future.

Mr. Chen Dongxiao, Ms. Manjeet Kripalani and other experts discussed the topics of anti-epidemic and post-COVID-19 situation, city governance, development planning, public health, economic cooperation and financing, etc. and agreed on further exchanges between the academic communities of Shanghai and Mumbai. They are of the view that Shanghai and Mumbai should strengthen personnel exchanges and cooperation in a comprehensive manner and promote sister city friendship in the new era. They agreed that exchanges on city governance will not only promote bilateral local pragmatic cooperation, but also contribute to in-depth reform and long-term mechanism for economic and social development.



Mr. Chen Dongxiao and other Chinese experts also introduced the measures taken by the Chinese side on work resumption with strict prevent

ion in place.

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