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Friendship programme to cover various fields

About 40 joint initiatives are being launchedOpening of trade through Nathu La Pass will be a major friendship initiativeYouth, cultural exchanges and arts exhibitions will take place

CHENNAI: India and China needed to further joint efforts and explore new areas of economic cooperation, Political Counsellor of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in New Delhi Sun Weidong said here on Thursday.

China Experience

Speaking on the India-Chinese relationship as part of the `Learning from the China Experience' programme organised by Scope International, a subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank, Mr. Weidong said this year was being observed as `Year of China/India Friendship' and about 40 joint initiatives were being launched.

The programme was facilitated by Launchpad Ventures, a corporate training company.

The friendship programme would cover political, economic, educational, defence, trade, culture, tourism, film production, and science and technology fields.

Border trade

"The opening of the border trade business through the Nathu La Pass will be one of the major India-China friendship initiatives," Mr. Weidong said, adding that youth and cultural exchanges and arts exhibitions would take place.

"We in China feel cooperation could overwhelm competition and we want competition in a good way." Mr. Weidong said through concerted efforts, the India-Chinese bilateral relationship would reach a new high.

He also spoke about the pros and cons of the four major revolutions in China including the nationalist, new democratic, economic and cultural.

Transformation

P.N.G. Subramani, former Consul General of India in Shangai, shared his insights on the culture, values and business strategy that transformed China into an economic super power within a short span of time.

Chandrasekhar Pingali, Head of Human Resources, India and Malaysia for Scope International, said he hoped the programme would help India learn from the Chinese experience.

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