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Featured Image: Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Zhanwu Ma at a news conference in Kolkata on Friday. Photo: Anirudha Dutta

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 04 November: CHINESE authorities have clearly woken up to the anti-China sentiment that is growing in India and to address this, they are now falling back on none other than the great scholar-traveller Xuanzang, better known in India as Hiuen Tsang.

Come 07 November, and Kolkata will be host to an international seminar on Xuanzang and China-India Friendly Exchange aimed at exploring ideas to strengthen India-China bilateral ties.

The seminar, to be held at Oberoi Grand hotel, is being organised jointly by the Chinese Consulate in Kolkata and the Nalanda University.

It will have distinguished speakers such as Prof Wang Bangwei from Peking University, Prof Max Deeg from Cardiff University in UK, and Prof Upinder Singh from Delhi University reflecting on the historical ties between India and China and suggesting new ways to clear the current mist of mistrust.

“By holding the seminar, we want to send message that the long history of Sino-Indian relations dwarf the brief time of unpleasantly, and we should bear in mind the bid picture instead of focusing only on what happened in a specific year,” Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Zhanwu Ma told a news conference on Friday.

He added that “the two countries have shared interests that far outweigh their differences and they can both benefit greatly by working together.”

If the seminar is targeted at the intellectuals and opinion leaders in India, especially Kolkata, there are some measures that the Chinese Consulate is also taking for the youths and the common people.

In association with the Rotary Club of Calcutta Millennium, it is setting up a computer learning center for underprivileged women on Kolkata at 100/1 Alipore Road. Named “New Horizon,” the centre will have facilities for imparting computer skills to “hundreds” of women.

“This is to send message that the Chinese people have a good-will towards India and want to see more progress in the life of Indian people,” the Chinese Consul General said.

Next is a Chinese Higher Education Expo that will be held at Milan Mela on EM Bypass from 25-26 November. The Consulate is organising this in association with the School of Chinese Language.

Zharwu said that in all, faculties from 38 universities from across China will be present in the stalls at the Expo to make Kolkata students aware about the opportunities in higher education in China.

“We are stressing on educational exchange as by studying in China, Indian students can get to know the Chinese culture and social life. This will help solidify the ties between the two countries,” he said.