Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh and the Consul General of India Sailas Thangal today discussed ways to strengthen trade and economic ties between India and China.
The Minister and met the Consul General at the latter’s Lin He Zhong Road official residence in Tianhe district, People’s Republic of China.
Minister Biswajit said, he discussed ideas and ways with the Consul General on how to develop the Indo-China relation and stimulate economic and trade relations especially between Manipur and China.
He said during the present tour, his team has received several ideas and suggestions including from the Consul General.
The Minister, who stressed on China’s importance in the plan to develop Manipur’s economy, said now the government will work on how to incorporate these ideas into the Act East Policy for the growth of Manipur’s economy.
The Consul General explained the importance of Yunnan province in developing Manipur-China relations.
Elaborating further, he said India and China are big countries and Delhi and Beijing cannot cover everything. However, if we can promote relations between Manipur and Yunnan under the guidance of Beijing and Delhi, there will be fruitful cooperation and much progress, he added.
“And Yunnan can be a developmental model for Manipur as well”, said Thangal explaining further that both Manipur and Yunnan have many similarities including geographic conditions, climatic conditions. He said like in Manipur, there are also different ethnic groups in Yunnan.
He explained we can replicate the development model of Yunnan to develop Manipur.
Yunnan also acts as land bridge between India and China, said Thamgal adding that the place also has a political connection with North East India especially during World War II.
A team led by Shri Th. Biswajit Singh, Hon’ble Minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry attended the South & South East Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair, 2017 at the Dianchi International Convention and International Sistership pavilion at Kunming, Yunan Province, People’s Republic of China.
The Minister was accompanied by L. Lakher, Principal Secretary Commerce and industry,  M Luikham, Director Commerce and Industry,  L. Inunganbi Devi, Corporator Imphal Municipal Corporation Ward No. 18, L. Bashanta Sharma, Media Coordinator to Hon’ble Chief Minister Manipur and Chandrakishore Singh, President, North East Federation on International Trade, Manipur.

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