KOLKATA: The first ever visit of a Chinese minister to India on a diplomatic mission after the resolution of the Doklam impasse,reached Kolkata on Tuesday.
As Bengal has been identified as an educational and cultural hub of the country and hence they are looking to improve ties through education in this zone,according to sources.
The visit of the Organisation Department head of Yunnan Province and central committee member of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Li Xiaosan, was part of the relationship-building process.The minister will leave for Delhi on Thursday morning with political meetings on his agenda.
The Organisation Department is one of the key departments in the CPC because it’s in charge of appointing officials and also conducts their assessments
Kunming, the capital of Yunnan, is only two hours away from Kolkata by flight and the Modi government had earlier announced that Kunming and Kolkata can be two major links in the two countries’ bilateral relations.The fact that Bengal is geographically close to Doklam might also be an indicator that China is now keen to promote peace in the region.
Li has arrived with a retinue of senior faculty and administrative officers from colleges and universities of the Yunnan province to meet their counterparts of VBU and JU on Wednesday. He may speak on why education and cultural exchange can be the key to better relationship between the two countries.Apart from the two universities and the School of Chinese Languages,
Wednesday’s meeting will see the participation of officials from education department, Calcutta University, Rabindra Bharati University and the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries.