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China wants 4th mission in India, sister city ties

China on Thursday reiterated its desire to open a fourth mission in India possibly in Chennai to further expand growing trade and business ties with its neighbour. Sutirtho Patranobis reports.

world Updated: Jun 07, 2012 22:53 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

China on Thursday reiterated its desire to open a fourth mission in India possibly in Chennai to further expand growing trade and business ties with its neighbour.

Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi raised the issue at a meeting this afternoon with Indian external affairs minister, SM Krishna at the Great Hall of the People. Krishna was in a Beijing to represent India as an observer country at the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit which concluded on Thursday. Krishna briefly met President Hu Jintao on Thursday.

According to Indian embassy sources, Yang said China was keen to expand consular presence in India; currently, China has an embassy in New Delhi and two consulates Mumbai and Kolkata.

Krishna was said to have told him that matter should be taken forward through meetings between consular-level officials.

Current trade between the countries stands at $74 billion; the projected volume is $100 billion by 2015. India has also urged China to invest in infrastructure. As a port city on India’s east coast, Chennai’s location is seen as crucial to the increasing industrialisation in the area.

Interestingly, Taiwan, which China claims to be its territory, opened its second representative office in India in Chennai a few months ago.

China also expressed interest in creating “sister city” ties with Indian cities. Yang said these ties have worked very well for China especially with Japan, Korea and Russia.

It was the fourth meeting between the two ministers in 2012 and they discussed issues of bilateral interest and some that are outstanding ones. For one, next month technical teams from both countries will meet discuss the issue of sharing river water.