The Consul General of China in Kolkata Zhanwu Ma on Friday said that China is “neutral” on the issue tensions between its two neighbours – India and Pakistan. “We feel that matters should be resolved through negotiations and peace talks,” he said, addressing a press conference today. Ma called the press conference in the city to announce a number of initiatives taken by the Chinese Consulate, including a seminar to be held in collaboration with Nalanda University and a computer center to be inaugurated for underprivileged young women in the city.
The Consul General further announced that the Consulate General of China in Kolkata, along with Nalanda University will this month be holding a seminar on Chinese explorer Hiuen Tsang’s visit to India in the seventh century. “He travelled to many parts of the country and did extensive research on Buddhist scriptures and his book “Buddhist Records of the Western World” has helped discover many Indian relics.
The seminar will explore the works of Hiuen Tsang and the philosophers role in bringing China and India closer and come up with ideas on how to strengthen bilateral ties,’’ said the Consul General. Ma added the aim was to focus on the issues that bind the countries closer together and the long history of these ties instead of focusing on the “brief time of unpleasantness” and “what happened in a specific year.”
“I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that an official Chinese film delegation is participating in the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival and China will be the focus country of this Film Festival. The Chinese delegation will include government officials, screenwriters and actors and well known Chinese film director Li Shaohong, who will also be on the KIFF jury,’’ said Ma.
Seven Chinese movies will be screened at the upcoming Film Festival in the city including “The Wolf Totem”, “Go Away, Mr Tumor”, “Black Coal, Thin Ice”, “Xuang Zang”, “The Monster Hunt”, “To The Fore”, “American Dreams in China” and “Yesterday Once More”. The Consulate is to also host, along with KIFF, a “China Night” reception. In July this year, the Consulate worked with the West Bengal government to hold a Chinese Film Festival at Nandan. In September, a film delegation from the state visited China to “interact with the industry there”. This is
the first time that China will be participating in Kolkata’s international film festival.
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The Chinese Consulate will also be holding a higher education expo in the city later this month, with exhibitions from various Chinese Universities, pushing for China as a preferred destination for Indian students over western countries. “We urge you to consider Chinese universities which are of international standards. Also unlike many
universities in developed countries, Chinese universities are far more affordable for Indian students. Professors at many of the Chinese Universities have studied in various Western universities. Yes it is true that for some universities and some courses some knowledge of the Chinese language will be required. But many universities in China now offer courses in English. Especially in Engineering, Medicine and the Sciences,” he said.
The Chinese Consulate will also be inaugurating a computer learning center for underprivileged young women in the city. The Center will be based in Alipore. “We want to help these young women who do not have the means to acquire an education or specific skills. We would like to help them gain these skills so that they can achieve prosperity in their own lives,’’ said the Consul General.