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    The 2nd International Day of India (IDY) in Southern China was celebrated in five cities jointly organized by the Consulate General of India, Guangzhou with the local Municipality governments and other Yoga Institutes.



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Events

Road Show on "Textile India-2017" organised at Dongguan on 29th March, 2017
The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou with the support of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India organized a Road Show to promote "Textile India 2017" to be held in Gandhinagar from 30th June-02nd July, 2017. The event was attended by Chairman, Dongguan CCPIT and Chairman & Secretary General of Dongguan Textile and Garments Association besides, other senior officials from Department of Commerce, Dongguan Foreign Investment Forum and Dongguan FAO.There were about 130 attendees from the business dealing in textile & textile machinery industry, despite the short notice we had received for arranging this event. The Chairman of Dongguan Textile and Garments Association spoke and encouraged the Dongguan textile companies to look at India more seriously as an investment and business partner.
 
2.Mrs. Pushpa Subramanyam, Additional Secretary (MOT) gace detailed information on "Textile India 2017" and invited Chinese businessmen to attend the event in Gandhinagar. Consul General addressing the audience highlighted the great opportunities for Chinese business in Indian Textile Industry. Mr. Ujwal Lahoti, Chairman, the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL) and Mr. Amit Mehta of CII also made presentations on the various opportunites for cooperation between India and China in the field of textile industry.


 

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Go India : India-China Trade, Investment and Tourism Seminar at Xiamen on 17 March, 2017

Consulate organised an event titled 'Go India: India-China Trade, Investment and Tourism Seminar' at Xiamen on 17 March, 2017.

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Performance by A to Z Bollywood dance troupe at Fuzhou

Consulate organised Indian Cultural Nite at Fuzhou with performances by A to Z Bollywood Dance Troupe from India on 13 March, 2017.

Besides Fuzhou, the dance troupe also performed at the Great Indian Mela organised at the iconic Canton Tower in Guangzhou on 11 March, 2017 and at Shunde on 12 March, 2017 where their performances were widely appreciated by the audience.   

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Performance by "A to Z" Bollywood dance troupe at Shunde

The Consulate General of India, Guangzhou organized a dance performance in Shunde on 12.03.2017. The dance perofrmances were performed by "A to Z" Bollywood Group, a dance troupe from India and were widely apprecited by the audience.

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Great Indian Mela (2nd Edition) organised at Canton Tower on 11th March, 2017
The Consulate General of India in cooperation with the Indian Community organized a day-long 2nd edition of the ‘Great Indian Mela’ at the Guangzhou iconic structure Canton Tower on 11th March, 2017. After the highly successful first edition of Great Indian Mela organized last year at the premises of American International School of Guangzhou where more than 3000 people participated, there was a huge demand from all quarters to organize an Indian Fair again this year.  Therefore, it was decided to have a large scale Indian Mela this year. Keeping this in mind, the venue of this year Mela was specifically chosen to be at the iconic structure of Guangzhou, ‘Canton Tower’ which is visited by thousands of visitors every day especially on weekends.

 

2.       This year’s mela was attended by unprecedented number of visitors, more than 5000 people from all walks of life. The hall of was filled to the brim at the peak time of the day when the Bollywood dance troupe was performed. The audiences include senior officials from Foreign Affairs, Department of Culture, Tourism Administration and local Guangzhou municipality, diplomatic corps, members of the Indian community not only from Guangzhou but also nearby areas such as Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Foshan etc participating wholeheartedly.  

 

 

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Consulate organises 'Know India Tourism Seminar' at Guangzhou on 23 February 2017
The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou organised a seminar titled “Know India Tourism” in Guangzhou on February 23, 2017. During the current financial year, this was the fourth such seminar being organized by this Post after Nanning, Guilin and Shenzhen to create awareness and publicize Indian tourism in China. The seminar coincided with India’s participation at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair 2017 (GITF 2017) where India Tourism, Beijing has set up an Incredible India pavilion.

2.       The seminar was attended by senior officials from Guangzhou Tourism Bureau led by its Deputy Director General, Mr. Chen Yongliang, officials from Guangzhou Tourism Bureau and Guangdong Tourism Administration, representatives of media organisations, business houses, India Tourism Office in Beiing, PR agency, distinguished Indian community members, around 180 travel agents from all over China, representatives from airlines such as Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific, Go Air and China Southern and also leading Indian tour operators participating in our pavilion at Guangzhou International Travel Fair 2017.

3.       Addressing the gathering, Consul General gave an overview of India’s rich and cultural heritage, history and civilization, fauna & flora, hill stations, back water, temples and an array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and invited to visit India’s wonderful touristic destinations.

4.       Mr. Chen Yongliang, Deputy Director General of Guangzhou Tourism Bureau and the Chief Guest of the Seminar in his speech dwelled on the need for greater tourist flow between the two countries highlighting Guangzhou’s own touristic destinations. He referred to the ancient historical and cultural relations between the two countries and urged tour operators from both India and China to provide information on the touristic destinations of both countries so that more and more people to people exchanges take place.

5.       The seminar included presentations on touristic destinations of various states including J&K, Gujarat, Rajasthan, North East, Kerala etc, Buddhist circuit, health and wellness tourism, adventure tourism, luxury and hospitality sector, Indian handicrafts, sector-wise opportunities available in India’s booming tourism market, helpline launched by Ministry of Tourism, information on simplified visa procedures including eTourist Visa scheme (this also included recent announcement made by Ministry of tourism to provide SIM cards to eTV holders), Q&A, B2B meetings and raffle draw of 1 return ticket to India sponsored by Jet Airways with an Indian tour operator supplementing this by providing accommodation and transport to the winner.

6.       Consulate proposes to organize its next seminar titled ‘India-China Trade, Investment and Tourism Seminar’ in cooperation with CCPIT Xiamen and the Tourism Bureau of Xiamen in Xiamen on 17th March, 2017.

 

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India Diamond Week at Guangzhou

Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal inaugurated the ‘India Diamond Week’ on 20 February, 2017 at Panbao Jewelry Trading Centre in Daluotang. The event is being organized under the aegis of Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India with participation from over 10 companies from India.  

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68th Republic Day celebration
Consulate General of India in Guangzhou celebrated 68th Republic Day with the Consul General Shri Y.K. Sailas Thangal, hoisting the national flag at India House premises. View Gallery
Gupta Art Exhibition
Indian Art Exhibition "Gupta Art and Chinese Parallel 400-700 AD" was opened at Fujian Museum in Fuzhou on January 25, 2017. View Gallery
Republic Day 2017 reception
Consulate General of india, Guangzhou hosted a reception on 20th January, 2017 to celebrate Republic Day 2017. The distinguished guests attending the reception included officials, businessmen, media and people from different walks of life in Guangdong, Guangzhou and the other provinces and cities under the jurisdiction of our Consulate, as well as members of the thriving Indian community living in Guangzhou and other cities. Mr. Li Yiwei, Deputy Secretary General of Guangdong Province, was the Chief Guest at the reception, representing the Provincial People's Government of Guangdong. During the reception, a special magazine 'Ni hao India' published by the Consulate in partnership with the Indian community was received. The guests were entertained to an Indian musical evening by a 3-member cultural troupe from India, led by Ustaad Sajjad Husain Khan (Mumbai) View Gallery
68th Republic Day Reception
 
Consulate General of India, Guangzhou hosted a reception on 20th January to celebrate Republic Day 2017. The distinguished guests attending the reception included officials, businessmen, media and people from different walks of life in Guangdong, Guangzhou and the other provinces and cities under the jurisdiction of our Consulate, as well as members of the thriving Indian community living in Guangzhou and other cities. Mr. Li Yiwei, Deputy Secretary General of Guangdong Province, was the Chief Guest at the reception, representing the Provincial People's Government of Guangdong. During the reception, a special magazine 'Ni hao India' published by the Consulate in partnership with the Indian community was received. The guests were entertained to an Indian musical evening by a 3-member cultural troupe from India, led by Ustaad Sajjad Husain Khan (Mumbai).
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68th Republic Day Reception in Guangzhou
 
Consulate General of India, Guangzhou hosted a reception on 20th January to celebrate Republic Day 2017. The distinguished guests attending the reception included officials, businessmen, media and people from different walks of life in Guangdong, Guangzhou and the other provinces and cities under the jurisdiction of our Consulate, as well as members of the thriving Indian community living in Guangzhou and other cities. Mr. Li Yiwei, Deputy Secretary General of Guangdong Province, was the Chief Guest at the reception, representing the Provincial People's Government of Guangdong. During the reception, a special magazine 'Ni hao India' published by the Consulate in partnership with the Indian community was received. The guests were entertained to an Indian musical evening by a 3-member cultural troupe from India, led by Ustaad Sajjad Husain Khan (Mumbai).
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68th Republic Day of India reception in Guangzhou
Consulate General of india, Guangzhou hosted a reception on 20th January, 2017 to celebrate Republic Day 2017. The distinguished guests attending the reception included officials, businessmen, media and people from different walks of life in Guangdong, Guangzhou and the other provinces and cities under the jurisdiction of our Consulate, as well as members of the thriving Indian community living in Guangzhou and other cities. Mr. Li Yiwei, Deputy Secretary General of Guangdong Province, was the Chief Guest at the reception, representing the Provincial People's Government of Guangdong. During the reception, a special magazine 'Ni hao India' published by the Consulate in partnership with the Indian community was received. The guests were entertained to an Indian musical evening by a 3-member cultural troupe from India, led by Ustaad Sajjad Husain Khan (Mumbai) View Gallery
68th Republic Day Reception organised by CGI Guangzhou
Consulate General of india, Guangzhou hosted a reception on 20th January, 2017 to celebrate Republic Day 2017. The distinguished guests attending the reception included officials, businessmen, media and people from different walks of life in Guangdong, Guangzhou and the other provinces and cities under the jurisdiction of our Consulate, as well as members of the thriving Indian community living in Guangzhou and other cities. Mr. Li Yiwei, Deputy Secretary General of Guangdong Province, was the Chief Guest at the reception, representing the Provincial People's Government of Guangdong. During the reception, a special magazine 'Ni hao India' published by the Consulate in partnership with the Indian community was received. The guests were entertained to an Indian musical evening by a 3-member cultural troupe from India, led by Ustaad Sajjad Husain Khan (Mumbai) View Gallery
Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2017
This Consulate celebrated Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas at Consulate premises on 09.01.2017. Representatives from prominent Indian Community organisations attended the event. About 35-40 Indian community leaders participated in the event. The Consul General highlighted Government of India's policies, schemes and programmes launched for NRIs for the information and participation. View Gallery
Consul General meets Vice Mayor of Xiamen Mr. Han Jingyi

Consul General visited Fuzhou and Xiamen from 26-29 December, 2016.  During his visit, he met with various high level dignitaries at Provincial as well as city level and discussed potential areas of cooperation between Fujian Province and India.

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Consulate organises Know India Tourism Seminar at Shenzhen on 8 December, 2016

Consulate General of India in Guangzhou organized a seminar titled “Know India Tourism Seminar” in Shenzhen on 8 December, 2016. The seminar was one among a series of events being organized by the Consulate to promote India as an attractive tourist destination for Chinese tourists. The Seminar was attended by senior officials from Shenzhen Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau led by Ms. Yong Yonqun, Deputy Director General and officials from Shenzhen Foreign Affairs Office, media, business houses, over 160 travel agents from all over China, Indian tour agents based in China and representatives from Jet Airways.

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India Business & Investment Promotion Seminar in Dongguan on 30th November
The Consulate General of India, Guangzhou, organised an India Business & Investment Promotion Seminar in Dongguan on 30th November in collaboration with the Dongguan CCPIT. The seminar was attended by over 150 Chinese businessmen representing the various manufacturing and industry sectors located in Dongguan. Consul General Shri Sailas Thangal, Shri R.K. Shrivastava, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Energy, Government of Jharkhand, and Mr. Zeng Minsheng, Chairman of Dongguan CCPIT, addressed the gathering and urged the participating businessmen from Dongguan and India to utilize the favorable business and investment opportunities in India for mutual benefit.

Presentations were made at the seminar on ‘Make in India’, ‘Krishnapatnam Port & Industrial Park’, as well as ‘Investment opportunities in Jharkhand’.  The business and investment legal framework in India was presented at the seminar by a law firm (JS Associates) based in Gurgaon. 

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India-China Business and Investment Promotion Seminar in Changsha, Hunan Province on 28 November, 2016

 Consulate, in collaboration with Hunan CCPIT, organised an India-China Business and Investment Promotion event with focus on agriculture and food processing in Changsha, Hunan Province on 28 November, 2016. Establishment of an India-China Business Council Liaison Office was announced during the event.

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India-China Business and Investment Promotion event in Changsha, Hunan Province on 28 November, 2016
Consulate, in collaboration with Hunan CCPIT, organised an India-China Business and Investment Promotion event with focus on agriculture and food processing in Changsha, Hunan Province on 28 November, 2016. Establishment of an India-China Business Council Liaison Office was announced during the event. 
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Consulate celebrates Constitution Day on November 26, 2016

To commemorate the 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Consulate General of India in Guangzhou celebrated ‘Constitution Day’ of India on November 26, 2016. 

       As part of the celebrations, Consulate General of India organized an event at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) auditorium on November 26, 2016. Despite Saturday being a holiday for the universities and prevailing inclement weather, the event was attended by around 100 students, teachers & professors from GDUFS and Sun-Yat-sen universities. Some members of the Indian community in Guangzhou also attended the event. The chief dignitaries from the Chinese side present on the occasion were: Prof Hu Rui, Director, south Asian Languages and Literature, GDUFS, Prof Wang Jinfeng, Hindi Professor at GDUFS, Prof Huang Yinghong, Sun-Yat-sen University, guagnzhou. The function commenced with lighting of lamp by the dignitaries present.  While delivering welcome speech Shri Y.K. Sailas Thangal, CG, Guangzhou stressed the important role played by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar in framing Constitution of India and his efforts in giving solace to those in the lower strata of the society. Prof Huang Yinghong, a well-known scholar and an Indologist, delivered the keynote address on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Prof. Wang Jinfeng of GUDFS spoke on India-China relations.

  As a prelude to the celebrations of ‘Constitution Day’ of India, CGI Guangzhou had organized an Essay Competition among the students of three Universities i.e Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Sun-Yat-sen University and Shenzhen University. More than 75 students from these three universities participated in the competition. The topics for the essay competition were: Indian Culture, Indian Tourism and Buddhism. The competitors were also given a choice to write in Hindi, Chinese or English on any one of the three subjects. The essays were checked & scrutinized and credits allotted by an independent neutral scholar. According to the invigilator, the competitors’ in-depth knowledge of India expressed in their writing was very encouraging and rewarding to know. Winners of the competition were announced at the function and prize money was handed over to them. CGI gave a bonus mark of 1 on the scale of 10 to those who wrote their essay in Hindi. 

Overall, the celebration was supported and wholeheartedly welcomed by the Chinese students, teaching staff of three universities and authorities of GDUFS by extending their facilities for organizing the event.

         On 25th November, the India-based members of the Consulate read out the Preamble of the Constitution at a solemn ceremony.


 

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Art exhibition

 The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou in coordination with Guangzhou Hegenberg Trading Ltd, Poly Commercial Real Estate Investment & Management Ltd, Guangzhou Isachan Culture & Event Planning Ltd and The Art route of India, has organized a painting exhibition of Modern India titled "Modern India: Color, Pattern and Life" starting from 21st to 26th November, 2016 at the Poly Central Plaza, North Tower, Jian She Da Ma Lu, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou.  

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Consul General meets Mayor of Dongguan
Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal met Mayor of Dongguan Mr. Liang Weitong on 17th November, 2016 in connection with India-China Business and Investment Promotion Seminar being jointly organised by Consulate General of India, Guangzhou and Dongguan China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) at Dongguan on 30th November, 2016. 
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Consul General meets Dongguan CCPIT President Mr. Zheng Min Sheng on (15 November, 2016)

 Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal met Mr Zeng Min Sheng, President of Dongguan CCPIT on 15th November, 2016.

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2nd International Conference of Indologists (Shenzhen, 11-13 November)

 The 2nd International Conference of Indologists-2016 was successfully held at Shenzhen from 11-13 November (The first edition of the Conference was held in November 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi).  The Conference saw participation of more than 75 Indologists from world over including China, Germany, Thailand, Chile and India. The Indologists presented research papers in five broad areas namely: Indological Studies in China, Indological Studies all over the World, Buddhist Culture and World Culture, Indology and Indo-China Cultural Exchanges and Indian Literature and Grammar.

The Conference was co-hosted by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR); Embassy of India, Beijing, The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC); China-India Friendship Association; and Shenzhen University.

The Opening Ceremony of the Conference held on 12 November began with a keynote address by Prof. Lokesh Chandra, President of ICCR, and was followed by speeches of Mr. Hu Sishe, Vice President of CPAFFC; Mr. Vijay Gokhale, Ambassador of India; Ven. Guangquan, Director of Hangzhou Buddhist Academy; and Prof. Liu Hongyi, Secretary of CPC Committee of Shenzhen University. 

More than 150 scholars, officials and students form India, China and abroad attended the Conference. Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal, CG, Guangzhou gave the Vote of Thanks at the valedictory session on 13 November. 

The Conference was co-sponsored by Centre for Indian Studies, Peking University; Hangzhou Buddhist Academy; Consulate General of India, Guangzhou; and Centre for Indian Studies, Shenzhen University.  

 

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21st Century Silk Route International Expo at Dongguan

 India participated in the 21st Century Silk Route International Expo at Dongguan from 27 October, 2016 onwards.  

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International Conference on 'Emerging Trends in Teaching and Research' jointly organised by Hindi Department of GDUFS and SNDT University Mumbai at Guangzhou on 24 October, 2016

 An International Conference on 'Emerging Trends in Teaching and Research' was jointly organised by Hindi Department of GDUFS and SNDT University Mumbai at Guangzhou on 24 October, 2016. Consul General delivered a speech at the conference and released a Hindi Magazine during the event. 

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Visit of MSME Minister to Guangzhou

 

 

 

 

 

India was a co-host country at the 13th China International SME Fair (CISMEF) held in Guangzhou from 10-13 October 2016.  The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), through the National Small Industries Corporation Ltd. (NSIC Ltd.), organised participation of 124 Indian MSME enterprises in the Fair. Mr. Kalraj Mishra, Minister of MSME, led the official Indian delegation, which included Mr. Manoj Joshi, Joint Secretary (SME) in the MSME Ministry, and Mr. P. Udayakumar, Director (Planning & Marketing) of NSIC Ltd.

The MSME Minister held meetings with Guangdong Party Secretary Mr. Hu Chunhua, Governor Mr. Zhu Xiaodan, Mr. Xin Guobin, Vice Minister of Ministry of Industry & IT (MIIT) of China, Mr. Wang Jiangping, Vice Minister of State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) of China, and other high level Chinese dignitaries during his stay in Guangzhou. He also attended and delivered speeches at the Opening Ceremony of the Fair and the China SME Summit held on 9th and 10th October respectively, and inaugurated the India pavilion at CISMEF alongwith Governor of Guangdong Province.

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Visit of MSME Minister for 13th CISMEF in which India participated as co-host country

India was a co-host country at the 13th China International SME Fair (CISMEF) held in Guangzhou from 10-13 October 2016.  The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), through the National Small Industries Corporation Ltd. (NSIC Ltd.), organised participation of 124 Indian MSME enterprises in the Fair. Mr. Kalraj Mishra, Minister of MSME, led the official Indian delegation, which included Mr. Manoj Joshi, Joint Secretary (SME) in the MSME Ministry, and Mr. P. Udayakumar, Director (Planning & Marketing) of NSIC Ltd.

The MSME Minister held meetings with Guangdong Party Secretary Mr. Hu Chunhua, Governor Mr. Zhu Xiaodan, Mr. Xin Guobin, Vice Minister of Ministry of Industry & IT (MIIT) of China, Mr. Wang Jiangping, Vice Minister of State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) of China, and other high level Chinese dignitaries during his stay in Guangzhou. He also attended and delivered speeches at the Opening Ceremony of the Fair and the China SME Summit held on 9th and 10th October respectively, and inaugurated the India pavilion at CISMEF alongwith Governor of Guangdong Province.

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Indian participation at 3rd Sichuan International Travel Expo (23-28 September, 2016)

Consulate General of India, Guangzhou, in association with India Tourism, Beijing, participated in the 3rd Sichuan International Travel Expo (SCITE) at Emeishan, Leshan City of Sichuan Province from 23-28 September, 2016.

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Indian participation at CIFIT, Xiamen (8-11 September, 2016)
Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal , Mrs.Ravneet Kaur, JS, DIPP and representatives from FICCI jointly inaugurated the Make in India Pavilion at China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) on 8 September, 2016. On the sidelines of the India's participation at CIFIT, a Make in India Seminar was also organised at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Centre.
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Group photo 11th G20 Summit at Hangzhou

 Group photo of leaders attending the 11th G20 Summit at Hangzhou. 

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Presentations of Chinese translations of Patanjali Yogasutras/Upanishads and Oil Portrait by Hangzhou Academia/Artists to Hon'ble Prime Minister of India

Hangzhou Academia/Artists presented Chinese translations of Patanjali Yogasutras/Upanishads and Oil Portrait to Hon'ble Prime Minister of India.

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Hon'ble PM with leaders of BRICS countries

 Leaders of BRICS countries at Hangzhou.

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Bilateral meetings held on sidelines of 11th G20 Summit at Hangzhou

Hon'ble Prime Minister held bilateral meetings with leaders from China, U.K., Saudi Arabia, and Australia on sidelines of 11th G20 Summit at Hangzhou.

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Hon'ble Prime Minister arrives in Hangzhou to attend 11th G20 Summit on 4-5 September, 2016

 Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi arrived in Hangzhou 3 September, 2016 to attend the 11th G20 Summit from 4-5 September, 2016.

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Hon'ble PM being welcomed by Indian community at Sheraton Hangzhou

 Hon'ble PM was given a rousing welcome by the Indian community from Hangzhou, Yiwu and Shaoxing upon arrival at Sheraton Hangzhou for the G20 Summit on 3 September, 2016. 

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Consulate celebrates 70th Independence Day of India at Guangzhou

The 70th Independence Day of India was celebrated at Guangzhou with unfurling of the Indian National Flag by Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal followed by reading out of Hon'ble President of India's address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day. 

A short film India@ 70 titled '70th Year of Independence, 70 Initiatives by the Modi Government for People's Welfare' highlighting initiatives taken by the Government with messages from Hon’ble PM and Hon’ble EAM, produced by XPD Division of Ministry of External Affairs, was also screened during the celebrations. 

Over 150 members of the Indian community attended the ceremony.

The Hon'ble President's Address to the nation delivered to the nation on the eve of Independence Day can be downloaded here - English version and Hindi version.

 

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Signing ceremony of MoU for establishment of ICCR Hindi Chair at Shenzhen University

Signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding for establishment of ICCR Hindi Chair in Shenzhen University took place at Shenzhen University premises on 8 August, 2016.   Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal, Consul General of India, Guangzhou and Prof. Tao Yitao, Vice President, Shenzhen University signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of India and China.  

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International Day of Yoga celebrations in Southern China
 The 2nd International Day of India (IDY) in Southern China was celebrated in five cities jointly organized by the Consulate General of India, Guangzhou with the local Municipality governments and other Yoga Institutes. The IDY celebrations included yoga classes, Yoga workshops, seminars, Indian cultural performances, presentations on Ayurveda and Tai Chi. Yoga is very popular in China and all streams of Yoga are taught and practiced in many privately managed institutes all over the country. ICCR and Yunnan Minzu University Kunming signed a MoU and have set up an India-China Yoga collage in Minzu University Kunming, Yunnan. ICCR has posted two Yoga Gurus from India and the college is doing very well promoting Yoga to the local people.

The celebration of 2nd International Day of Yoga was given wide pre-event publicity in the mainstream media, social media and mission’s website which resulted in creating awareness of the benefits of yoga among the population of Southern China.   The celebrations of 2nd IDY was held in five cities, Dujiangyan, Guangzhou, Kunming, Zhongshan and Xiamen.

Dujiangyan:

The 2nd IDY celebration in Dujiangyan was inaugurated on 17 June in at 1800 hrs at Fulong Guan Temple in Dujiangyan, the birth place of Taoism culture and Taichi of China. The inaugural ceremony of the five days Yoga classes/workshops and seminars which was one of the biggest events of IDY 2016 Yoga was jointly organized by Consulate General of India in Guangzhou in coordination with Chengdu and Dujiangyan Municipality governments. The Chengdu TV was the media partner for the event and choreographed and presented an impressive and memorable opening ceremony program for a gathering of more than three thousand people from all walks of life.

The inaugural ceremony included Yoga demonstrations by Chinese yoga students, cultural programme showcasing the cultural confluence of India and China (a combine performance of Yoga and Taichi) with Fulong Guan Temple forming the background. Shri Ajay Tokas a leading Ashtanga Yoga masters also performed advance asanas of Yoga which mesmerized the entire audience and received a standing ovation in appreciation of their grand performance. An Indian classical dance Kathak performance was presented by Mr Naven Kumar Sinha which was a treat to all audience. 

The five-day festival in Dujiangyan included intensive Yoga classes, seminars for Yoga lovers led by 13 Yoga Gurus arranged by Consulate General of India in Guangzhou. The biggest attraction of the 2nd India-China Yoga Festival was the popularity and participation by renowned yoga masters from four major yoga schools of India, i.e Iyengar, Ashtanga, Krishmacharya, and Hatha schools of Yoga. The Iyengar yoga was led by the most respected and famous yoga master in China Mr Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh assisted by Yogi Uday Vikram Bhosale, Shobha Suresh Shetty and Arti H Mehta. The Ashtanga School was represented by Yogi Ajay Tokas, Usha Rani Chittoor, Suvir Sharma, Pavithra and Olga    Iushkova. Yoga masters VM Janakiraman, Smt Geetha Krishnan and Oshayae represented Krishmacharya Yoga and Yogi Shri Sanjay Kumar represented Hatha Yoga. During the five days camp there were one thousand one hundred and fifty yoga enthusiasts from different parts of China who participated and learned yoga lessons from the greatest yoga masters.

Another important attraction of the 2nd IDY festival was the introduction of Ayurveda and confluence of Yoga and Tai Chi. Dr Suma Joshi an ayurvedic doctor who took classes on Ayurveda for the yoga practitioners. Ms. Zhou Yuan, a popular yoga expert from China, who combines yoga with a traditional Tai Chi also took part in the festival. Ms Zhou also shared her experience with the audience and discussed the charm of yoga and Tai Chi with Indian’s yoga masters. The introduction of Ayurveda doctor in the festival in Dujiangyan was an interesting facet of the festival of 2016, which was solely to create awareness and also popularize the complete healing system of ancient ancient Indian medical science to the Chinese audience. 

The grand ceremony was attended by Secretary of CPC Dujiangyan, Mayor of Dujiangyan, DGs of Chengdu and Dujiangyan Foreign Affairs Office, Municipal Committee and other senior officials from Chengdu and Dujiangyan governments. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony Consul General Sailas Thangal emphasized the importance of cultural powers of the east and the combination of Yoga and Tai chi is nothing but a power packed cultural festivity for which both India and China should be proud of.

Guangzhou

A day long Yoga classes and a seminar was organized in Guangzhou with the support of Consulate General of India to commemorate the 2nd IDY celebration on 21 June. About 700 Yoga enthusiasts participated in the event which was on free for all participants. The classes were led by Indian yoga masters based in Guangzhou and it was welcomed enthusiastically by the Chinese yoga students.

Kunming

Consulate General of India in Guangzhou in association with Yunnan Minzu University and supported by Yunnan Provincial Government, Kunming Municipal Government and Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (FAO) of the Kunming Municipal People’s Government organized the second ‘India-China (Kunming) International Day of Yoga’ on 21st June, 2016. The celebrations held at the India-China Yoga College, Yunnan Minzu University and included day-long yoga workshops and Yoga practice sessions conducted by two Indian yoga gurus, and performance of Yoga and TaiChi and Indian cultural performance. More than 1200 Chinese yoga practitioners from different parts of the country brave the inclemental weather and practice Yoga and Tai Chi. Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal quoting Hon’ble Prime Minister’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2014 and said that “Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being”.

Consul General Thangal thanked the Yunnan government specially the Yunnan Minzu University for establishing the India-China Yoga College, a first college of this type opened overseas with the support of Government of India. He informed them that Consulate General of India will provide full support to this college and also to popularize yoga in provinces under our jurisdiction. Dignitaries present at the event included Mr. Zhu Huashan, Deputy Director General of Department of Education of Yunnan Provincial Government who was the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony and Mr. Li Zhigong, Vice Mayor of Kunming Municipal Government, Mr. Yang Yiqum, Vice Director, Yunnan Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee, Mr. Wu Yamin, Deputy Director, Sports Bureau of Yunnan Province, other senior officials from provincial and city government, members of Diplomatic Corps.

Zhongshan

A mega Yoga event was organized by the Zhongshan Yoga Alliance and Sun Moon Yoga Institute, Zhongshan with the support of Consulate General of India in Guangzhou on 19th June, 2016 to celebrate the 2nd International Day of Yoga. The event saw the participation of over 800 yoga enthusiasts belonging to different countries.  The event conducted in different sessions included the asanas prescribed in the Common Yoga Protocol issued by the Government of India, demonstration, talks and workshops on different forms of Yoga and chanting of slokas by prominent yoga gurus based in Zhongshan.  Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Tarun Kumar, Consul (Visa & Tourism) read out excerpts from the Prime Ministers message on the occasion of the 2nd International Day of Yoga and said: 'Yoga is much more than a physical exercise – it enables us to access a new dimension of the self, even while providing a holistic approach to preventive healthcare and wellbeing’.  He informed the participants that today scientists armed with neuro-imaging and genomics technology have been able to better measure the physiological changes of yoga practice.

Xiamen

To commemorate the Second International Day of Yoga, Consulate General of India in Guangzhou in association with Zhuma Yoga organized India-China (Xiamen) International Day of Yoga events at the prestigious Music Square in Xiamen on 21st June, 2015. More than 700 yoga lovers from different countries attended the event. The day long activity included yoga demonstrations by both Chinese and Indian yoga teachers, asanas prescribed in the Common Yoga Protocol issued by the Government of India, yoga practice sessions, Yoga show and a talk and workshop.  

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India-China Business Conclave at Kunming on 13th June, 2016

Indian exhibitors participated at the 4th China South Asia Expo at Kunming from 12-17 June, 2016. Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO) mounted delegations to participate at the exposition.

Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal inaugurated the ICC Pavilion and FIEO Pavilion on 12th June, 2016.
On the sidelines of Indian participation at the expo, ICC also organised an India-China Business Conclave at Wyndham Hotel in Kunming on 13 June, 2016 with participation from Indian enterprises, who introduced opportunities available for investment in India and Chinese enterprises who shared their experiences of investing in India to a gathering of over 100 businessmen from India and China.
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Indian participation at the 4th China-South Asia Exposition from 12-17 June, 2016

Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO) mounted delegations to participate at he 4th China- South Asia Exposition at Kunming from 12-17 June, 2016.
Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal inaugurated the ICC Pavilion and FIEO Pavilion on 12th June, 2016. 

On the sidelines of Indian participation at the expo, ICC also organised an India-China Business Conclave at Wyndham Hotel in Kunming on 13 June, 2016 with participation from Indian enterprises, who introduced opportunities available for investment in India and Chinese enterprises who shared their experiences of investing in India to a gathering of over 100 businessmen from India and China.

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Visit of Hon'ble President of India to Guangzhou from 24-25 May (Meeting with Governor of Guangdong Province)

Hon'ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee visited Guangzhou from 24-25 May,2016.  During the visit, Hon'ble President met Mr. Zhu Xiaodan, Governor of Guangdong Province on 25 May, 2016 prior to attending the India-China Business Forum at Shangri La Hotel.   

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Visit of Hon'ble President of India to Guangzhou (24-25 May, 2016) (India-China Business Forum)

Hon'ble President of India paid a State Visit to China from 24-27 May, 2016.  

During the visit, he addressed the plenary session of India-China Business Forum at Guangzhou on 25 May, 2016. 

Text of Hon'ble President's speech is as follows : 

1. I thank you for your kind words of welcome.I am delighted to begin my State Visit to China here inGuangzhou. This historic city has always been an important port of call for Indian business. It is here that we find the ancient foundations of the thriving trade and economic ties that exist between India and China today.Han Shu(Book of Han Dynasty) of 2ndcentury BCE talks about a direct sea route from Guangdong to Kanchipuram in South India. As early as the 4thcentury BCE, Chinese silk is mentioned in Kautilya’streatise, theArthashastra.It is noteworthy that the age-oldcommercial contacts between our peoples - through land and sea routes - have so successfully evolved, flourished and expanded – and spanned the centuries without interruption.In 2014, an agreement for a sister-province relationship was signed between Gujarat State in India and the Guangdong Province of China. A pilotSmart Citycooperation project has been announced between Shenzhen and the Gujarat International Finance Tec- City in Gujarat in 2015. As I stand before you today, I would, at the very outset, like to say that this is an exciting time for India and China to reinforce the old linkages and join hands for new.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

2. India is a young nation. Our primary goal is to build a modern economy that puts a premium on sustainable development. We are steadily moving towards this objective and a profound socio-economic transformation is taking place in our country. China's economic achievements are a source of inspiration for us. We believe that stepping up our two way trade and investment flows will be of mutual benefit to both our nations.Our bilateral trade has grown steadily since the turn of this century. From USD 2.91 billion in the year 2000, it reached the level of USD 71 billion last year. Although the trade balance continues to be in favour of China, we look forward to expanding our commerce to make it more equitable. India would like to see a greater market for our products in China - particularly in sectors where we have natural complementarities – as in the areas of drugs and pharmaceuticals, IT and IT – related services and agro-products.It is a matter of satisfaction that there is emerging focus on two way investment flows.We welcome Chinese investments and entrepreneurs to participate in ‘Make in India’ and other flagship initiatives of our Government. We will facilitate your efforts to make your investments in India profitable. We must take advantage of theopportunities that abound in the growth of both our economies.

3.India has recorded a steady growth at the rate of 7.6 per cent each year - for over a decade now. We believe that India cannot grow in isolation. In an increasingly interconnected world, India would like to benefit from technology advances and best practices of different countries. The comprehensive reforms introduced in key areas of our economy have enhanced the ease of doing business in India. Our Foreign Investment regime has been liberalized through simplified procedures and removal of restrictions on foreign investments. These reforms have renewed the interest of global investors in India. In 2014, there was a 32% growth in investments and in 2015, India emerged as one of the biggest global investment destinations.

Ladies and gentlemen,

4. China's Overseas Direct Investment has crossed the USD 100 billion mark - we would like more of it to reach India. As you are aware, India, today, presents a promising demographic scenario. The average age of its population will reach 29 years by 2020. To convert this young population into an asset, we have introduced the ‘Skill India’initiativetoskill 400 million young men and women by the year 2022. At the same time, to ensure growthsustainability, it is important to ignite the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in all sectors of our economy. The "Start up India” initiative will aid job creation through innovation and entrepreneurship.Simultaneously, a high priority has been to develop world class infrastructure in a time bound and cost-efficient manner. My Government is establishing industrial corridors, National Investment and Manufacturing Zones and dedicated freight corridors tostimulateinvestment in this sector. Its "100 Smart Cities” initiative will transform a hundred of our cities and towns into engines of growth. The "Digital India”programme aims to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. India welcomes your participation in these programmes. Chinese companies, with inherent strengths in infrastructure and manufacturing, can look towards India as an important destination in their 'Going Global' strategy. On their part, Indian companies can partner with Chinese enterprises in thenewdomain of "Internet of Things” which underlies the'Made in China 2025' strategy.

5. I am happy to note that a good start has been made by Chinese businesses who are investing in infrastructure projects and industrial parks in India. Bilateral cooperation in India's railway sector is also progressing well. A good number of premier Indian IT firms and other manufacturers are present in China. Our people are also considering the prospects of jointly exploring opportunities in other countries.

6. To sum up, Ladies and Gentlemen, India believes that there is great potential for economic and commercial cooperation among our two nations, which face similar opportunities and challenges. The stability of our relationship in recent years provides an enabling basis for utilizing these opportunities and coming together. To realize the full potential of our economic partnership, it is important to bridge the information gap between our business communities. We are committed to providing a conducive environment for more investments from China. We stand ready to facilitate many more collaborations between the industry and businesses of our two countries across different sectors. India invites investors from China to be partners in India's growth story.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

7. I am aware of the significant numbers of Indian business visitors to Guangdong Province and those have chosen to live and work in here. I take this opportunity thank His Excellency, Mr. Zhu Xiaodan, Governor of the Guangdong Province and its residents for making the people of India feel so welcome and comfortable among you.

8. With these words, I would like to once again thank the India – China Business Forum for its contribution in strengthening the economic relations between India and China. I wish this Forum great success in its deliberations today and look forward to the positive outcome of its work and initiatives.

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State Visit of Hon'ble President of India to China (24-27 May, 2016) (Meeting with Party Secretary of Guangdong Province)
Hon'ble President of India paid a  State Visit to China from 24-27 May, 2016.  During the visit, he met H.E. Mr. Hu Chunhua, Party Secretary of Guandgong Province.  After their meeting, Party Secretary of Guangdong Province hosted a luncheon banquet in honour of Hon'ble President of India. 
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State Visit of Hon'ble President of India to China from 24-27 May, 2016 (Visit to Hualin Temple)

 Hon'ble President of India paid a State Visit to China from 24-27 May, 2016.  During the visit, he visited Hua Lin Temple in Guangzhou on 25 May, 2016.  

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Visit of Hon'ble President of India to Guangzhou from 24-25 May, 2016 (Reception at Baiyun Airport)

 

Hon'ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee paid a State Visit to China from 24-27 May, 2016.  

Hon’ble President arrived in Guangzhou on 24th May, 2016 and was received by Vice Governor of Guangdong Mr. He Zhongyou, Vice Minister Liu Zhenmin & other senior government officials.

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Visit of Hon'ble President of India to Guangzhou (24-25 May, 2016) (Indian Community Reception)

 

Hon'ble President of India addressed the Indian Community in China at a reception hosted in his honour on 24th May, 2016. 

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Visit of Hon'ble President of India to Guangzhou from 24-25 May, 2016 (Pearl River Boat Cruise)

During his visit to Guangzhou from 24-25 May 2016, Hon'ble President visited the Pazhou Convention Centre Jetty for a Boat Cruise on the Pearl River on May 24, 2016.

 

 

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Visit of Hon'ble Defence Minister to Chengdu 19-20 April, 2016

 A delegation led by Hon’ble Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar, including Vice Admiral Sunil Lamba, FOC-in –C, Western Naval Command and Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, DGMO, along with Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal, Consul General of India, Guangzhou visited Chengdu from April 19-20, 2016.

During the visit, Hon’ble Minister  visited the Special Operations Brigade of Western Theatre Command, Chengdu and met  General Zhao Zongqi, Commander, Western Theatre Command.

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Consul General meets Director General of Guangdong Public Security Bureau

Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal met Mr. Li Shi Wei, DG of Guangdong Public Security Bureau and discussed cooperation between Consulate and PSB with regard to welfare of Indian nationals in Guangdong Province. 

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China-India Corporate Dialogue organised at Changsha from 11-12 April, 2016

 The Changsha High-Tech Industrial Development Zone and the China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), in partnership with Global Dialogue Review (GDR) and the Services Export Promotion Council of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India organised the ‘China India Corporate Dialogue’ from 11-12 April, 2016 at Changsha, Hunan Province. 

Consul General Mr. Y,K. Sailas Thangal delivered a keynote speech at the event.

The event focussed on Infrastructure, Energy, Telecommunications, Trade, and the currently flourishing e-commerce business, as well as regulatory and arbitration mechanisms in place in India.  

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Visit of Hon'ble Chief Minister of Chattisgarh to Shenzhen
 A delegation from Chattisgarh led by Hon'ble Chief Minister of Chattisgarh Dr. Raman Singh visited Shenzhen from 8-9 April, 2016.  During the visit, the Chattisgarh Govt. organised a Seminar on Opportunities in Chattisgarh  on 9th April, 2016. Hon'ble Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh, Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal, Consul General of India, Guangzhou and Mr.  M A Zhou, Chinese Consul General to Kolkata, India addressed the seminar. 
 
 
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Consulate organises Bhangra & Gidda Night at Guangzhou on 30th March, 2016

 Consulate organised a cultural performance by a Bhangra & Gidda troupe from India (sponsored by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)) at the Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou on 30 March, 2016.

The event was attended by Ms. Ren Hong, Head of School of International Relations, Sun Yat Sen University, Consular Corps in Guangzhou, media, Indian and Chinese student community, representatives from media, etc.

The audience thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the wonderful evening of Indian culture.

Earlier, the troupe has performed to a packed audience of over 800 persons at the Louvre International Furniture Exhibition Centre, Lecong, Foshan, Guangdong Province on 29 March, 2016.

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Consulate organises Bhangra & Gidda Night at Lecong, Foshan
Consulate General of India, Guangzhou organised a cultural performance by a Bhangra & Gidda troupe flown in from India (sponsored by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)) which performed to a packed audience of over 800 persons at the Louvre International Furniture Exhibition Centre, Lecong, Foshan, Guangdong Province on 29th March, 2016. 

Another performance by the troupe is scheduled to be held at the Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou on 30th March, 2016.

 

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Boao Forum for Asia 2016 held at Boao, Hainan Province from 22-25 March, 2016
 Boao Forum for Asia 2016 was held at Boao, Hainan Province from 22-25 March, 2016.  

Dr. Bibek Debroy, Member, Niti Aayog led the Indian delegation at the Forum.

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Consulate organises India-China Trade, Investment & Tourism Seminar at Nanning on 17th March,2016
The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou, in cooperation with CCPIT Guangxi and the Tourism Development Commission of Guangxi, organised an ‘India-China Trade, Investment and Tourism Seminar’ at Wanda Vista Hotel in Nanning on 17 March 2016.

The programme included opening remarks by Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal, Consul General of India, speeches by representatives from Guangxi CCPIT and Tourism Development Commission of Guangxi, a short documentary film on ‘Make in India’, presentations on India trade & investment, India tourism and sharing of India experience by M/s Liu Gong Machinery Co. Ltd.

Over 150 participants representing the business and tourism sectors in Guangxi attended the seminar. 

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Meeting of Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal with Vice Governor of Guangxi Province
Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal met Vice Governor of Guangxi Province Mr. Zhang Xiao Qin on 16th March, 2016 and discussed the way forward for cooperation between India and Guangxi Province.  
 
 
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Visit of Consul General Mr. Sailas Thangal to Guangxi Province (28-29 February, 2016)
 Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal visited Guangxi from 28-29 February, 2016. During the visit, he held discussions with Deputy Secretary General of CCPIT, Director General of Department of Commerce, Deputy Director General of FAO and Director General of Tourism Commission of Guangxi Province on cooperation between India and Guangxi Province in the fields of trade, investment and tourism promotion.
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Consulate organises 'Indian Cookery Class' at Hotel Crowne Plaza on 26th February

 The Consulate General of India, Guangzhou, in partnership with Hotel Crowne Plaza organised an Indian Cookery Class on 26th February as part of its ongoing two week long ‘Glimpses of India Festival’, of Indian food, culture, handicrafts and tourism from 19th February to 4th March, 2016.

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Consulate organises 'Know India Tourism Seminar' at Guangzhou on 24th February, 2016

Consulate General of India in Guangzhou and India Tourism, Beijing organised a seminar titled “Know India Tourism” in Guangzhou on February 24, 2016. The seminar was one among a series of events being organized by the Consulate to promote India as an attractive destination for Chinese tourists and was held on the eve of India’s participation at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair 2016 (GITF 2016) where India Tourism, Beijing is setting up an Incredible India pavilion.

The seminar was attended by senior officials from Guangzhou Tourism Bureau led by Mr. Wu Qingsong, Deputy Director General, officials from Guangdong Tourism Administration, representatives of media organisations, business houses, Indian community members, over 160 travel agents from all over China, representatives from airlines such as Air India, Jet Airways and China Southern, representatives of leading Indian travel agencies participating in Guangzhou International Travel Fair 2016.

Consulate General of India in Guangzhou, Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal, in his opening remarks gave an overview of India’s rich history, culture and civilization. He gave them detailed information on wonderful tourism destinations of India, including magnificent architectural heritage, beaches, tropical islands, fauna & flora, hill stations, back water, temples and an array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Consul General also informed them about India’s strengths in luxury, medical & wellness tourism as well as the spiritual tourism including that of Buddhist circuits. He urged the tour operators to prepare packages which enable Chinese travelers to experience India’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Mr. Wu Qingsong, Deputy Director General of Guangzhou Tourism Bureau in his speech dwelled on the need for greater tourist flow between the two countries especially when this year is being celebrated as Visit China year in India.

The seminar also included presentations on various touristic destinations in states, sector-wise opportunities available in India’s booming tourism market, information on simplified visa procedures including eTourist Visa scheme, B2B meetings and raffle draw of 2 return tickets to India sponsored by Jet Airways.

There has been explosion of outbound tourists from China during the last few years and according to China tourism Research Institute about 109 million Chinese travelled overseas in the year 2014 making china as the world’s top source market for tourism. Chinese tourists spending on overseas travel were also estimated to be the highest in the world in 2014 at US$ 164.8 billion. President Xi Jinping addressing the BOAO forum in April 2015 said that Chinese outbound tourist may exceed 400 million in the coming five years.

The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou recognizing the huge potential for attracting Chinese tourist to India has been very active on all front in promoting India and India as the tourism destination. As part of this promotional activities Consulate has proactively participated in all the major tourism promotion fairs, (GITF 2015, Guangdong International Tourism Industry Expo 2015, Sichuan International Travel Expo 2015,) besides being very active on Chinese social media platform.  As a result of these efforts, Consulate witnessed 40% increases of tourist flow from China to India in 2015 year when compared to 2014.

 

The seminar “Know India Tourism” has been organized as part of the continued efforts of Consulate General of India in Guangzhou to create awareness and publicize Indian tourism in China.

 

 

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Inauguration of Glimpses of India Festival at Hotel Crowne Plaza on 19th February, 2016

 The Consulate General of India, Guangzhou, in partnership with Hotel Crowne Plaza, is organizing ‘Glimpses of India Festival’ in Guangzhou at Hotel Crowne Plaza, Guangzhou City Centre from 19 February to 4 March, 2016.

The event was inaugurated by Consul General Mr. Y.K.Sailas Thangal along with Mr. Li Zaiyan, Director of Guangdong Department of Culture, Ms. Qian Hongjie, Director of Consular Affairs from Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office, Mr Yue Xiao Long, Owner of Hotel Crowne Plaza in Guangzhou and Ms. Monica, Deputy General Manager of Hotel Crowne Plaza in a ceremony held on 19th February, 2016 which was attended by over 100 dignitaries from Guangdong and Guangzhou Government, members of Consular corps, representatives from media, local Chinese populace and Indians based in Guangzhou. 

During the inaugural dinner, guests were entertained by live Indian musical performances by two artists specially flown in from India for this festival and tourism promotion videos showcasing attractive destinations in India. The event also included raffle draw in which two return tickets sponsored by Jet Airways and 4 packages for stay at Hotel Crowne Plaza were given away to the lucky winners.

Consulate received enthusiastic support from Indian restaurants based in Guangzhou who have provided Chefs to support the restaurant during the two-week long festival and businessmen dealing with Indian carpets, handicrafts, garments etc. in Guangzhou who provided the decorations to the Hotel.

The festival is organized as part of Consulate’s endeavour to showcase India’s rich and diverse culture.

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Road Show on 'Make in India ' at Changsha on 29 January, 2016

 The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou in partnership with Hunan China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) organised a Road Show on ‘Make in India Week’ in Changsha on 29 January 2016.

The ‘Make in India’ initiative was launched globally in September 2014 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, as part of the Government of India’s renewed focus on invigorating the country’s manufacturing sector. The ‘Make in India’ initiative has opened up 24 key sectors including  infrastructure development, food processing, healthcare, IT, media and entertainment, mining, oil & gas, ports, railways, telecommunications, tourism & hospitality for foreign investment. In order to provide greater momentum to the ‘Make in India’ initiative and capitalize on the growth opportunities in India, the Government of India is organizing a landmark event called the “Make in India Week” in Mumbai (India) from 13-18 February 2016. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event on 13th February 2016.

The ‘Make in India’ campaign since its launching has made a tremendous impact on the investment climate of the country, as shown by significant growth of overall Foreign Direct Investment into India. The ‘Make in India Week’ set against the vibrant backdrop of India’s commercial capital ‘Mumbai’ will showcase the people, policies and partnerships that are driving India’s new manufacturing revolution. This week-long event would offer unprecedented access, insights and opportunities to connect and collaborate with India and global industry leaders/visionaries, academicians, central and state administrations.

The Make in India Week would have spotlights on the following:

Make in India Center would be a platform for exhibiting innovative products and manufacturing processes developed in India along with a vision to leverage design, innovation and technology in the backdrop of global manufacturing.

Asia Business Forum would comprise of a series of seminars, CXO meets, roundtables and networking events on economic challenges, investment opportunities, design and innovation. This event will feature global visionaries and leaders from the fields of finance, industry and design.

Hackathon would be a 24-hour marathon event where coders, engineers and designers collaborate intensively for 24 hours to come up with ideas to solve urban design problems.  Along with the above-mentioned events, many more events such as State sessions, design conferences, cultural and fashion shows and networking dinners would be conducted.

The Make in India campaign offers great opportunities for Chinese business and entrepreneurs to invest in India and take advantage of India's large potentials for growth. India also welcomes the enhanced interest amongst the Chinese companies and entrepreneurs to partner with India in various sectors during the last one year. India is keen to seek Chinese investments in developing the sectors where China is strong such as housing, construction, developing smart cities, power generation, transmission and distribution, railways, highways, etc.

Given the great complementarities between the two economies and the significant economic partnership between India and China, India invites Chinese entrepreneurs and business to participate in the Make in India Week and take advantage of the opportunities available in India for mutually beneficial economic and investment cooperation. 

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Road Show on 'Make in India ' at Chengdu on 28 January, 2016

The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou in partnership with Sichuan China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) organised a Road Show on ‘Make in India Week’ in Chengdu on 28 January, 2016.

The ‘Make in India’ initiative was launched globally in September 2014 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, as part of the Government of India’s renewed focus on invigorating the country’s manufacturing sector. The ‘Make in India’ initiative has opened up 24 key sectors including  infrastructure development, food processing, healthcare, IT, media and entertainment, mining, oil & gas, ports, railways, telecommunications, tourism & hospitality for foreign investment. In order to provide greater momentum to the ‘Make in India’ initiative and capitalize on the growth opportunities in India, the Government of India is organizing a landmark event called the “Make in India Week” in Mumbai (India) from 13-18 February 2016. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event on 13th February 2016.

The ‘Make in India’ campaign since its launching has made a tremendous impact on the investment climate of the country, as shown by significant growth of overall Foreign Direct Investment into India. The ‘Make in India Week’ set against the vibrant backdrop of India’s commercial capital ‘Mumbai’ will showcase the people, policies and partnerships that are driving India’s new manufacturing revolution. This week-long event would offer unprecedented access, insights and opportunities to connect and collaborate with India and global industry leaders/visionaries, academicians, central and state administrations.

The Make in India Week would have spotlights on the following:

Make in India Center would be a platform for exhibiting innovative products and manufacturing processes developed in India along with a vision to leverage design, innovation and technology in the backdrop of global manufacturing.

Asia Business Forum would comprise of a series of seminars, CXO meets, roundtables and networking events on economic challenges, investment opportunities, design and innovation. This event will feature global visionaries and leaders from the fields of finance, industry and design.

Hackathon would be a 24-hour marathon event where coders, engineers and designers collaborate intensively for 24 hours to come up with ideas to solve urban design problems.  Along with the above-mentioned events, many more events such as State sessions, design conferences, cultural and fashion shows and networking dinners would be conducted.

The Make in India campaign offers great opportunities for Chinese business and entrepreneurs to invest in India and take advantage of India's large potentials for growth. India also welcomes the enhanced interest amongst the Chinese companies and entrepreneurs to partner with India in various sectors during the last one year. India is keen to seek Chinese investments in developing the sectors where China is strong such as housing, construction, developing smart cities, power generation, transmission and distribution, railways, highways, etc.

Given the great complementarities between the two economies and the significant economic partnership between India and China, India invites Chinese entrepreneurs and business to participate in the Make in India Week and take advantage of the opportunities available in India for mutually beneficial economic and investment cooperation. 

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Manipuri classical dance performances in Southern China

As part of celebrations to mark the 67th Republic Day of India,  Consulate organized a series Manipuri cultural programme in Southern China from 22-28 January 2016.  A Manipuri Classical Dance troupe from M/S Nimita Devi Nritya Ashram, a dance institution-cum-performing centre in Imphal, Manipur performed in various cities across Southern China including Kunming, Baoshan, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.  

Manipuri classical dance is one of the major Indian classical dance forms which is highly developed and considered as the most graceful dance form of India.  The visiting dance troupe presented the world famous Ras Lilas of Manipur (Maha Ras, Kunja Ras, Basanta Ras, Nitya Ras and Diva Ras) besides Maibi Jagoi, Lai haraoba, Dasa Avatar, Dhol-Cholom, Hari Nam Prachar, Pung-Cholom, Thang Leiteng haiba, Maglacharan and Stick dance to enthrall the audience.

On 23rd January, 2016, the troupe performed at the Cultural Gala at Kunming.  On 24th January, the troupe along with Chinese cultural troupe from Baoshan, presented ‘India-China Cultural Night’ in Baoshan Municipality town hall.  On 26th they  performed at the prestigious Xinghai Musical Hall in Guangzhou. Senior officials from GuangdongGuangzhou and Consular Corps in Guangzhou, prominent Chinese, businessmen, local populace and Indian community were present.   The last performance was organised at Shenzhen University Auditorium on 27th January 2016.

The organization of cultural programme in China is part of the Consulate’s continuous endeavour to enhance cultural exchange and thereby reinforce bilateral cultural ties between India and China, as well as to facilitate the internationalization of India’s vibrant cultural heritage particularly from North-Eastern states and raise awareness and interest about this facet of India.

 

 

 

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Make in India Investment Conference at Dongguan
Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, in association with the Council for Leather Exports (CLE),  organised a Make in India Promotion - Road Show & B2B meetings on 6 January, 2016 at Dongguan, Guangdong Province.  
 
Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas inaugurated the Conference and delivered a speech with focus on Make in India iniative of Government of India. 
 
The Council for Leather Exports also made a presentation highlighting the India Leather Sector growth potential, opportunities for growth, Make in India concept etc. The conference was well attended by dignitaries and business community in Guangdong Province. 
 
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Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal meets Vice Governor of Hunan Mr. He Baoxiang
Consul General met Vice Governor of Hunan Mr. He Baoxiang to discuss participation from Hunan Province at the Make in India Week to be held at Mumbai from 13-18 February, 2016. 
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Meeting of Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal with Mr. Fu Lang, Director General of Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office

Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal met Mr. Fu Lang, Director General of Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office on 4th January, 2016. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest to further relations between Guangdong Province and India were discussed.  

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Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal meets Chairman of Guangdong CCPIT Mr. Chen Qiu Yan
Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal met Chairman of Guangdong CCPIT Mr. Chen Qiu Yan on 22nd December, 2015 and discussed potential areas for cooperation between India and Guangdong Province. Consul General also informed representatives of Guangdong CCPIT regarding the upcoming Make in India Week to be held at Mumbai from 13-18 February, 2016 and invited Guangdong CCPIT to send a delegation to participate at the event.
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India-China Friendship Handshake Concert at Kunming (27 November, 2015)
Consulate General of India, Guangzhou and the People’s Municipality of Kunming City, in collaboration with Rattle & Hum Music Society of Nagaland, successfully organised, the India-China Friendship Handshake Concert at Kunming on 27 November, 2015. The Concert was organised at the prestigious Kunming Theatre which had capacity exceeding 1000 persons which was filled to the brim.

Dignitaries present at the event from Kunming side included Mr. Guan Qing Hua, Acting Mayor (Vice Mayor) of Kunming City; Mr. Kong Can, Head of Yunnan Development Research Institute; Mr. Lu Tian Yun, Director General of Kunming and senior officials from Yunnan FAO and Kunming FAO. From Indian side, Mr. L. Khreihu, Parliamentary Secretary of Sports and Youth and Music Taskforce, Nagaland and Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal, Consul General of India, Guangzhou, were present. Diplomatic corps in Kunming (ASEAN and Bangladesh Consul Generals and officials from these Consulates) also attended the concert and appreciated the Consulate’s effort to organise the event.

The artists including, Grammy Award winner and global ambassador of Rattle & Hum Music Society Pt. Vishwamohan who enthralled the audience with his Mohan Veena performance, Guru Rewben, the acclaimed traditional and fusion musician, the Voices of Hope, the first show choir of Nagaland, Tetseo Sisters and the Purple Fusion, a traditional rock band, performed alongwith the Chinese artists from Yunnan Minzu University.

The artists presented different genre of enchanting music with traditional and folk songs, modern rock, fusion and soul searching music played to its perfection during the concert, which mesmerized the entire audience from beginning to the end.

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Indian participation at 2nd China Outbound Forum

CII along with Smadja & Smadja and Center for China and Globalization organized a session on China as a Partner for the “Make in India” Policy on 21 November 2015 in Sanya, coinciding with the Second China Outbound Forum scheduled from 20-22 November 2015.

Mr. Claude Smadja, President Smadja & Smadja Strategic Advisory chaired the session. The speakers from India side Mr. Y K Sailas Thangal, Consul General of India in Guangzhou; Mr. U Vittal Mallya, Country Head – China, Larsen & Toubro Limited and Mr. Sreedhar Pothukuchi, Vice President – Business Development, GMR Group discussed the opportunities where Chinese companies have lots of opportunities in India such as infrastructure, manufacturing, ect. And the speakers from Chinese side Mr. Tang Xiuguo, President of SANY Group; Mr. Hong Qing, President of ICBC Mumbai Branch and Mr. Liu Zhengyu, Chief Executive Officer, Guangzhou Sky-Tech Cloud (TCL Group company) who have already had presence in India shared their experience in India and encourage Chinese companies to look at India as an investment destination as there are lots of advantages such as low cost, huge market. However, there are challenges also like labor, land, language, culture etc. In conclusion, it was identified that there is huge opportunity in India and Chinese companies can contribute a lot in MII policy. The session attracted more than 200 participants to attend. 

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Visit of Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (Independent Charge) to Kunming, China

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge), visited Kunming, Yunnan on 13-14 November wherehe led India's participation as Guest Country of Honour at the China International Travel Mart (CITM). The CITM is one of the largest travel and tourism events in the Asia-Pacific.

A large Indian contingent comprising officials of the Ministry of Tourism, the Embassy of India in Beijing and Consulate in Guangzhou, the State Governments of Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh,Nagaland, and Haryana, and industry representatives are attending the CITM.Haryana's representation is led by state Tourism Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma.

This year is being celebrated as the Visit India Year in China under which a series of initiatives and activities have been held. In May, while visiting China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a significant policy initiative to extend the electronic visa on arrival facility to China toease travel to India. This facility is available to Chinese citizens since July this year.

At the CITM, Hon'ble Minister together with China's Tourism Minister, Mr. Li Jinzao and Yunnan Provincial Party Secretary, Mr. Li Jiheng inaugurated the Indian National Pavilion on the opening day of 13th November in the presence of media persons and other participants. Before that, he also delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the CITM which was also attended by about twenty Ministerial dignitaries from other countries.

Later that day, Hon'ble Minister addressed the India-ChinaTourism Forum and China International Tourism Symposium jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism of India and China National Tourism Administration. The Forum brought together over 300 industry and government stakeholders, as wellas media and international organizations. Chinese Tourism Minister Li Jinzao,Yunnan Governor Chen Hao, PATA Chairman Kevin Murphy, and UN World TourismOrganization Executive Director Zhu Shanzhong also addressed the plenarysession. Hon'ble Minister in his address highlighted India's rich and diverse natural, cultural, and religious heritage which provides unique tourism opportunities. He drew attention to tourism's catalytic role in developing mutual understanding and enhancing mutual trust through expanded people-to-people contacts and in promoting economic development.

Coinciding with India's participation at CITM, an outdoor tourism promotion event called India Fair is also being held at a major city square in Kunming with performances by a musical group from Nagaland, Voices of Hope, Manipuri dance troupe, artisans from Karnataka and Telangana, and yoga demonstrations.  An arts and crafts exhibition-cum-sale and Street Food Festival are the other highlights of the India Fair that will run for the duration of CITM. India-specific B2B sessions,Know India Seminars, demonstrations of Indian arts and crafts are be ingorganized at CITM to make Indian participation.


 

 

 

 

 

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India participates at 118th Canton Fair at Guangzhou

The first phase of the 118 China Import & Export Fair (Canton Fair), the largest biannual China Trade Fair held in Guangzhou, opened at the China Import and Export Complex in Pazhou on 15 October. The formal inauguration of the Fair was held on 14 October at Hotel Shangri-la, Pazhou, attended by high-level dignitaries of Guangdong, including Governor Zhu Xiaodan.

The Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) has put up an India Pavilion in the International Section of the Fair in which 47 Indian companies are participating. Consul General Shri Sailas Thangal visited the India pavilion on 15 October and interacted with the Indian exhibitors. He asked FIEO to widen Indian participation in the future editions of the Fair and urged the Indian companies to display diverse range of good quality products as well as reach out to potential buyers, both international as well as Chinese, through B2Bs, BSMs and networking events. Consul General assured FIEO and the Indian companies of the Consulate’s support in arranging interactions with potential clients for their products.

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Visit of Governor of Guangdong Province Mr. Zhu Xiaodan to Gujarat

Governor of Guangdong Province of China, Mr. Zhu Xiaodan visited Gujarat on 15-16 September 2015 at the invitation of Hon. Chief Minister of Gujarat under the Sister-Province Agreement between Guangdong and Gujarat. The Guangdong Governor was accompanied by a high-level official delegation and a 35-member business delegation.

Hon. Chief Minister of Gujarat Mrs. Anandiben Patel received the Governor at  Gandhinagar on 15 September and the two leaders exchanged ideas for strengthening economic and investment cooperation as well as people-to-people contacts between Gujarat and Guangdong.

On 16 September, a business and investment promotion seminar was held at Ahmedabad, which was attended by about 100 Chinese and 200 Indian businessmen.

An MoU between Wangat Construction and Investment Holdings Group of Guangdong and Vapi-based Payal Properties Pvt. Ltd. to set up a joint venture to develop an industrial park in Bharuch district was also signed at the seminar. 

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Consulate organises exhibition on Buddhist Heritage

Consulate General of India in Guangzhou, in collaboration with Institute for Chindian Studies of Jinan University and Shenzhen Shamen Cultural Communication Co. Ltd., organised an India-China shared cultural heritage exhibition titled “Buddhist Calligraphic works and paintings” from 12-13 September, 2015 at Sunshine Hotel in Guangzhou. Opening ceremony of the exhibition was held on 12 September, 2015. 

The exhibition included Buddhist Sutras, photographs of Buddhist cultural heritage and records of cultural exchanges between India and China.

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India participates at China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT), Xiamen

India is participating at the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) at Xiamen, Fujian Province of China from 8-11 September, 2015.  At the event, a Make in India booth has been set up by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Besides this, Gujarat and Orissa State Governments have also set up booths to showcase their products and facilitate trade and investment in their States. 

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Consulate celebrates the 69th Independence Day of India
The 69th Independence Day of India was celebrated with joy and fervour at Guangzhou with unfurling of the Indian National Flag by Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal followed by reading out of Hon'ble President of India's address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day.   The function was attended by a large number of local Indian community, including a number of Indian students studying in Guangzhou. Over light refreshments served on the occasion, Consul General interacted with students and members of the Indian community who attended the function with great pride and joy. 
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Meeting of Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal with Director General of the Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office on 7 August, 2015

Consul General of India Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal met Mr. Fu Lang, Director General, Foreign Affairs Office of Guangdong Province on 7 August, 2015. Mr. Fu Lang extended a warm welcome to Consul General on his arrival to Guangzhou.  Consul General thanked Mr. Lang for receiving him and informed Mr. Lang that he looked forward to working in Guangzhou and hoped to add momentum to the growing relations between the two countries during his tenure in China. Thereafter, the two sides discussed various issues of mutual interest to India and China. Following the meeting, DG Mr. Lang hosted a dinner in honour of Consul General.

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Hon'ble Prime Minister's visit to Shanghai on 16th May, 2015

 

 Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Shanghai on 16th May, 2015 as part of the last leg of his tri-city China visit from 14-16 May, 2015.  During his visit to Shanghai, Hon’ble PM met Chinese CEOs and addressed an India-China Business Forum.  He also met Mr. Han Zheng, Shanghai CPC Secretary and Mr. Yang Xiong, Mayor of Shanghai.  He attended the opening ceremony of Centre for Gandhian and Indian Studies at Fudan University.   Before departing for Mongolia, Hon’ble PM addressed a large gathering of over 5000 members of the Indian Community in China at the ICBC World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre.

 

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Hon'ble Prime Minister in Beijing on 15th May, 2015

 

 Hon’ble Prime Minister arrived at Beijing on 14th May, 2015.  He was given an official welcome at the Great Hall of People on 15th May, 2015.  This was followed by delegation level talks. Thereafter, Hon’ble Prime Minister and Premier Li Keqiang witnessed signing of 24 agreements worth over 10 billion dollars. List of agreements can be viewed here.

A Joint Statement between India and China was issued after conclusion of signing of the agreements. Text of the Joint Statement can be viewed here.

Hon’ble Prime Minister then witnessed the launch of India-China Forum of State/Provincial Leaders. Text of Hon’ble PM’s remarks at the event can be viewed here.

During the visit, Hon’ble PM also met Chairman of National People’s Congress Standing Committee Mr. Zhang Dejiang and addressed students at Tsinghua University. Address to students can be viewed here. 

Hon’ble Prime Minister and Premier Li Keqiang also witnessed a spectacular Yoga-Taichi Joint Event organised at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing before Hon’ble PM departed for Shanghai for the last leg of his China visit. 

 

 

 

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Hon'ble Prime Minister's visit to Xi'an, Shaanxi Province of China on 14th May, 2015

 

 Hon’ble Prime Minister arrived at Xi’an in Shaanxi Province on 14th May, 2015 in the first leg of his tri-city China visit. In Xi’an, Hon’ble Prime Minister visited the Terracotta Warriors Museum, Daxingshan Temple and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Hon’ble Prime Minister and President Xi Jinping of China also held talks in the afternoon on the same day. In the evening, Hon’ble Prime Minister witnessed a Traditional Tang Dynasty Welcome Ceremony followed by a banquet hosted by President Xi Jinping.  Thereafter, Hon’ble Prime Minister departed for Beijing.

 

 

 

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