Journalists from ECR Visit India at invitation of XP Division
Feedback on the visit by the Journalists from ECR
"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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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