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May, 2013

  • china-indiaAfter concrete conversations and pristine promises to open markets further to each other during Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to New Delhi and Mumbai last week, India and China this week landed on softer territory with cultural exchanges, a meeting of the minds and philosophical ponderings. The two nations will jointly hold a conference entitled From Tagore to Mo Yan: The Universality of the One at Tongji University in Shanghai.

    Presided over by Padma Bhushan Tan Chung, the defacto authority on Sino-Indian Culture, and disciple of Rabindranath Tagore, who influenced 20th century China, the two day conference will discuss the arts, literature and changing thought processes of the East. Highlighting the Oriental civilization,  participants will speak on the Wests views on Asia, Chinese Culture going global and the relevance of Tagore today. Drawing parallels between Tagore and Mo Yan’s literature and subsequent impact, the conference will throw light on the relation between the two countries – classics and literature.

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  • One third of the worlds populations, almost a half of global trade, sweet and sour neighbours, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s three day visit to India was a statement to the world. High on symbolism – India being his first foreign country to visit after becoming Premier, signing eight Memorandums of Understanding and carrying a charismatic air of brotherhood, Premier Li, wooed India at a time when border tensions between the two had once again been raised.

    Quelling apprehensions, he spoke of friendship, of a centuries old bond between our countries, of collaborations and potential trade  tie-ups. In New Delhi, the Premier and his 100 member entourage met with his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh. They also met ministers within the External Affairs and Trade and Commerce Ministries. Additionally, Premier Li met captains of industry, corporate czars and Chinese businessmen in India. Having spent two days in the capital, he also visited India’s financial capital Mumbai, where he met Dr. Kotnis’s sister and held an engaging discourse with businessmen and the media.

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