Journalists from ECR Visit India at invitation of XP Division

Journalists from ECR Visit India at invitation of XP Division

Journalists from ECR Visit India at invitation of XP Division 

       As part of an 11 member Chinese Media Delegation, five journalist from the most reputed media houses from Eastern China Region (ECR), visited India from February 12 -19, 2017 for a Familiarization Visit on the invitation of Ministry of External Affairs, India. The delegation was hosted by Additional Secretary (XP) Shri Vikas Swaroop, who also briefed them about Indian diplomacy. The media delegation also got an opportunity to call on Foreign Secretary, and had a visit to the Indian Parliament. 
  1.    As part of the trip, they visited Delhi and Bengaluru and had interaction with a wide spectrum of institutions/ organization. Amongst the government entities, the itinerary included a call on Vice Chairman of Niti Ayoga and Co-Chair of India-China Financial Dialogue Shri Arvind Panagariya; and Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (and Co-Chair of India-China Financial Dialogue) Shri Shaktikata Das. The delegation visited an Indian counterpart print media (Indian Express); and held meetings with NASSOM (The National Association of Software and Services Companies, a trade association of  Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing industries, a non-profit organization); and CII (Confederation of Indian Industries,  an association of Indian businesses) 
  1.    The delegation also had interactions with several corporate, FinTech/E-commerce enterprises (Flipkart); start-ups; IT firms (Infosys); and premier business education institute (IIM, Bangalore). A visit of the delegation was also arranged to Narayana Hrudayalaya (NH Health City, Bommasandra), Bengaluru, which is renowned for providing economical health services to poor people, and is also famous for its expertise in critical health care, including intricate heart surgeries. Visit of the delegation was also arranged to iconic Dilli Haat, an ethno-cultural recreational space, dedicated to promotion of handicraft by various ethnic communities. 
  1.    Prior to their departure from Shanghai, Consul General Shri Prakash Gupta held an interaction with the delegation over a diner on February 11th to brief them about the visit and understand their expectations from the visit. The visit was an effort to bridge the information gap existing between Indian and China, and to enable people from two countries to have a glimpse of the richness of India’s diversity. 
  1.    Upon return, the members graciously shared their experience of the visit with the Consulate, which is placed below. A set of pictures, including some provided by the delegation members, are also enclosed. 


Feedback on the visit by the Journalists from ECR 

  1. Mr. Liu Ziyu, Zhejiang Daily: 

   "There are too many elements of Zhejiang in India today", which is the greatest feelings that brought to me during this visit in India. India's economic affairs secretary-general Mr. Shaktikanta Das told me "Sino-Indian economic and trade exchanges between Zhejiang and the status is also extremely important." I was able to see in person the fruit of cooperation between India and China. From the investment in India's electric business Snapdeal Alibaba, to India's largest online payment tool Paytm's ants gold clothes, and to India TATA, POWER and other well-known enterprises to establish a deep relationship of cooperation and the establishment of a new energy network system by Chint Group. The visit arrangement further my understanding towards the economic and trade cooperation and exchange between India and Zhejiang. 

  1. Mr. Wu Yu, Xinhua News Agency: 

   India carefully prepared for the visit of the Chinese media delegation, and we received a warm and friendly welcome. Some ideas about the visit: some of the interview arrangement was repetitive and it could be limited and it would be more effective if more visit and interview could be arranged about visiting the sites which embody the Indian style and characteristics, such as the National Museum, or an ordinary people. A little suggestion: China and India are neighboring countries and should see each other as an important cultural exchange object, through strengthening of personnel exchanges, cultural activities to enhance mutual trust and friendship, including media interviews. I hope I would have the opportunity to participate in the follow-up visit to India. The logistics part was perfect. 

  1. Ms. Shao Ling, Wenhui Daily: 

   “India and China are important neighbor to each other, but most times, we behave like two strangers” This is a line which left me deep impression during my visit to India. This visit to India changed many of the impression on India. When I really stepped in this land and contacted with the local people, I could see some conflicts which could not be solved in the short time and the strong willing and close cooperation among people in economics, science and culture. I think, we should know better of each other. The only pity was that the visiting period was too short. I had too little contact and feeling on cultural aspect. For example, how does Bollywood operate? How is traditional culture preserved and passed down among young people? These questions are those I really want to get a deep idea about as a cultural journalist. I hope that to have a cultural trip to India in the future. 

  1. Ms. Zhang Huiqing, Xinhua Daily 

   More and more Chinese enterprises, including Jiangsu enterprises and products made in China are coming to India. You can see “Chinese face” in hotel, airport, and Indian product markets. “Infrastructure, real estate and manufacturing is the most popular industry for Chinese investment.” Chen Bing, from Shandong, who marries with an Indian guy and set up a consulting firm in Bangalore. She is our translator in India during our trip. In her impression, since 2014, to Chinese enterprises have accounted for more than 70% of her company’s business, "before then, it was all European and American enterprises, and now almost every day Chinese enterprises are interested in investment matters.” I really appreciated the opportunity provided by the India Foreign Ministry of visiting India and seeing the close relationship between the two countries. 

  1. Ms. Fan Shiyun from the Paper 

   People with Chinese-looks gathered together in the Indian luxury hotels, they warmly greeted each other and exchanged opinions towards Indian market in Mandarin, excited and determined. Nearly 1.28 billion population with 25 year-old as the average age is a huge market to Chinese investors. Bangalore, the so called Silicon Valley, is one of the representatives. Walking down the shopping street, from clothes to electrical devices, you can see different brands from all around the world. Businesspersons in the formal suites are sitting in the coffee shops discussing the PPT on computer. Compared with the energetic Bangalore, New Delhi is a more political city. With the arrangement by Indian XPD, we visited Ministry of External Affair, Parliament, NITI Aayog and think tanks in New Delhi. We had very open discussions and debates of some sensitive bilateral issues, which helped us to have a deep understanding of the bilateral relationship. Overall, the familiar trip is very impressive and insightful, hope I could come to India again. It's really an incredible country worth exploring and experiencing.


Enclosure:         Select pics of the event


Journalists from ECR Visit India at invitation of XP Division
(Mar 3, 2017)
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