(From Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata）
The Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata, along with the Rotary Club of Calcutta Millennium, inaugurated the New Horizon Computer Learning Center in Alipore, Kolkata on 9 November 2016. Consul General Ma Zhanwu and Mr. Janab Firad Hakim, Minister of Urban Development of the State Government of West Bengal, cut the ribbon to initiate the training facilities for the underprivileged women in this area.
In his impromptu remarks, Consul General Ma Zhanwu spoke of the 2000- year-old friendly exchanges between China and India. He said that the two peoples had always learned from each other, which contributed greatly to progress of their respective civilizations. Now China-India relations are seeing overall stable development, as their shared interests far outweigh the differences. And there exists huge potentials in the development of the bilateral ties although there are problems and disagreements between them. Therefore, the two nations can turn the bilateral relationship into one of the best in the world if they work together to enhance the exchanges and cooperation and properly handle the differences.
He also said that Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata was happy to work with the Indian friends from the Rotary Club to provide skills development to the underprivileged women. And it stands ready to work with all Indian friends to advance relations between China and West Bengal and India as a whole. His remarks were warmly received with many rounds of applause for him.
Minister Firad Hakim said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the State Government of West Bengal had been working hard to raise up all the communities in the state, and the effort by the Chinese Consulate to work with the Rotary Club of Calcutta Millennium was much appreciated. He also recognized the efforts by the Consulate General to promote the growth of the ties between West Bengal and China.
During the ceremony, young students from the city also sang the national anthems of the two countries.
Consuls Zhang Jing, Shi Yaosheng and Consular Attaches He Wenjing and Chen Ankai as well as about 100 Indian friends were present, including Mr Arun Gupta, DG and IG of the Correctional Services of West Bengal, Ms Chaitali Das, President of the Rotary Club of Calcutta Millennium and other rotarians.