China’s stand on NSG won’t affect bilateral ties: Chouhan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 26, 2016 21:06 IST
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressing a press conference about his China visit, in Bhopal on Sunday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

China’s opposition to India’s entry to the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) will not affect the bilateral ties between the two countries, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Sunday.

“Every country has its own national interest in its respective stand but this will not affect the visits of the leaders which started after an initiative taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Chouhan told journalists after his return from China at the end of a six-day trip. “China’s stand on NSG notwithstanding Beijing is keen on improving ties with New Delhi.”

The chief minister’s tour was a part of an exchange programme between the Ministry of External Affairs and the International Department Central Committee (IDCC) of Communist Party of China.

Chouhan said he took the opportunity to explore the possibility of Chinese investment for Madhya Pradesh. The investors’ response was very encouraging, he added.

“Discussions were held with chambers of commerce of Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. About 175 companies took part in the seminar. An agreement was signed in Hong Kong by Indian Chamber of Commerce for promoting Hong Kong as a partner of Global Investors Summit-2016,” he said.

After Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh is also being recognised as one of the destinations for investment. Mutual understanding between India and China will increase and it will cement the ties further.

A major company manufacturing semiconductor fab and electronic goods was impressed with industrial scenario of the state and evinced interest in investment in semiconductor fab manufacturing, he said.

China’s leading heavy machinery manufacturing company Sany Group will invest $1 billion in wind energy sector and industrial infrastructure building in Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan added.

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