The Consul General of China in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu sought to clear China’s ‘neutral’ stand on the increasing 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 in the city on Friday. Zhanwu called the press conference to announce a number of initiatives taken up by the his Consulate here that includes opening of a computer centre for underprivileged young women in the city and a seminar to be held here in November in collaboration with Nalanda University on Chinese explorer Hiuen Tsang’s visit to India in the seventh century.
“He travelled to many parts of the country, did an extensive research on Buddhist scriptures and his book ‘Buddhist Records of the Western World’ has helped discover many Indian relics,” he said.
The seminar will explore the works of Hiuen Tsang and the philosopher’s role in bringing China and India closer, Ma elucidated.
The aim is to focus on the issues that bind the countries together and the long history of these ties, in an attempt to de-escalate the tension over the “brief period of unpleasantness’’, he asserted.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that an official Chinese film delegation will participate in the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) and China will be the theme country. The team will include government officials, screenwriters, actors and renowned Chinese film director Li Shaohong, who will also be one of the KIFF jury members,’’ said Zhanwu.
This is the first time that China will be participating in the Kolkata International Film Festival.
Seven Chinese movies will be screened at film carnival, 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 will host a “China Night” reception during the fete.
A Chinese Film Festival was held at Nandan in July under the embassy’s initiative, in collaboration with the state government.
It will organise a higher education expo here later in November, with exhibitions from various Chinese universities, promoting China as a preferred destination for Indian students.
“We urge you to consider Chinese varsities that are of international standards. Most importantly, it is easily affordable by Indian students,’’ he said.