Over 70 Tamil professionals employed in Beijing and neighbouring areas on Sunday formed the first Tamil association in China reflecting on growing numbers of Indians working there.

Beijing Tamil Sangamam was formed on Tamil New Year’s day at a get together in Beijing, Maria Michael, a broadcasting professional working in the Tamil service of state-run China Radio International (CRI), said.

This is the second association of Beijing-based Indians.

The city already has a well established Beijing Malayalee Association which for over several years has become rallying point for south Indian cultural events there.

The new Tamil association would mainly focus on cultural events and get together of the Tamils, Mr. Michael said.

A number of Beijing-based Tamil professionals from Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka and Malaysia took part in Sunday’s meeting.

CRI, which broadcasts in several foreign languages, also has a Tamil service employing a number of Indian as well as Chinese professionals specialising in Tamil language.