‘No Anti-India activities on Chinese soil’

BANGALORE: Consul-General of People’s Republic of China Niu Qingbao said China would not allow any anti-India elements to operate on its soil. Speaking to Express here on Wednesday, the

Published: 16th February 2012 03:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:57 PM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: Consul-General of People’s Republic of China Niu Qingbao said China would not allow any anti-India elements to operate on its soil.

Speaking to Express here on Wednesday, the Chinese diplomat said despite several hiccups, the bilateral and the trade relations between India and China were growing. “Any other dispute between the two nations can be sorted out,” he said. He added that China expected India not to allow the Tibetan spiritual head, the Dalai Lama, to engage in any anti-China activity. “India and China are neighbours. China regards India as its most preferred friend.”

He stressed that the Dalai Lama’s exit from China in 1959 created misunderstandings between the two countries. Qingbao claimed that the Dalai Lama no longer enjoys popular support in Tibetan province of China.

Informing that bilateral trade between China and India was witnessing a high growth in recent years, he said trade volume between two countries was $73.79 billion, which was 20 per cent more than that in the corresponding period last year.

“Trade between these two ancient countries are expected to cross over $100 billion by 2015,” he said.

Qingbao said China exported home appliances, manufacturing products and electronic worth over $40 billion against India’s export of about $20 billion. Chemicals, coal, iron-ore and other manufacturing goods were imported from India.

Referring to the recent setback at the World Trade Organisation with regard to natural resources for trade, the Chinese diplomat said a country had every right to defend its environment. “Unlike the Western countries, India and China are the two most populous countries and causing damage to environment would badly affect the future generation,” he said. He added that many Chinese wanted to pursue higher studies in India.

However, he felt that issues relating to visa and other matters needed to be sorted out first.

Qingbao said about  1 lakh Indian students were studying in China, while about 2,000 Chinese students were studying in India.

Stay up to date on all the latest Karnataka news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp