Chinese Ambassador lobbies for people-to-people exchange between Sikkim and Tibet

May 11, 2019

Gangtok, 10 May:

Luo Zhaohui, Ambassador of  the People’s Republic of China to India, called on Governor Ganga Prasad today at New Raj Bhavan, an official press release informs.

The Ambassador was accompanied by Commercial Counsellor to the Ambassador, Li Baijun, and Director of Political Section at the Chinese Embassy, New Delhi, Yang Tianwen. 

This was a courtesy call by the Chinese Diplomat on arrival in Gangtok from Yadong county of Tibetan Autonomous Region of China via Nathula today afternoon, the release adds.

The diplomat had crossed over to Yadong yesterday from Nathula as part of his four-day official visit along Sikkim’s border with TAR.

During the interaction, the Ambassador suggested that bilateral border trade through Nathula be enhanced by increasing the number of permissible items and also stressed on the greater need of people-to-people exchange between Sikkim and TAR alongside trade and tourism and called for an efficient communicative mechanism for smooth flow of goods and people along the trade route.

Mentioning that the opening of border trade and Kailash Manasarovar Yatra through Nathula has brought both nations closer, he further suggested relaxation of certain regulations for greater and smoother flow of people from both sides.

Referring to China as a big market for organic goods and Sikkimese handicrafts, the diplomat also showed keen interest in exploring collaboration in organic horticulture and floriculture in Sikkim.

The Chinese diplomat further invited the Governor to visit TAR China in a bid to increase diplomatic exchanges between the two regions.

The Governor expressed his delight over the invitation and thanked the Ambassador for his concern towards bringing both nations closer in terms of economic and technological collaborations.

The Governor also sought assistance from China to promote tourism, organic farming and indigenous products from Sikkim.

He conveyed the country’s gratitude to the Chinese Government for supporting India’s stand and proposal to designate Masood Azhar a global terrorist through the United Nations.   

The Governor further assured to take up the issues raised by the Ambassador at the appropriate forums including the Union Government and underlined the need to capitalise on the potential.

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