On August 3, 2016, the ambassador of Sri Lanka to China Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku, Sri Lankan minister of planting industry Navin Dissanayake and the delegation he led, attended the press conference. The purpose of the visit is to promote the Sri Lanka’s black tea exports to China and to attract more Chinese investors. The minister also made a statement of Sino-Indian and Sino-Japanese relations and claimed that Sri Lanka is willing to be the buffer between China and India for the peace of the region.
Sri Lanka’s planting industry minister Navin Dissanayake said in his speech that China and Sri Lanka are like brothers helping each other and Sri Lanka will always affirm the One China principle. Historically, Sri Lanka is China’s trading partner since the ancient times, as well as an important hub of the ancient Silk Road in the sea. Nowadays, China’s “One Belt One Road” strategy will rebuild Sri Lanka as the global shipping and trade center. Politically, Sri Lanka is the first non-communist country to admit People’s Republic of China. Economically, in recent years, Sri Lanka’s tea export to China has been growing steadily. The amount of exports reached 7.2 million kilograms, which proves China’s position as the main sales market of Sri Lanka’s black tea.
The minister also mentioned about Sino-Indian and Sino-Japanese relations at the conference. He said, India is Sri Lanka’s largest neighbor. In spite of certain disputes between China and India, Sri Lanka is maintaining good relations with both countries. Sri Lanka will not take side on political issues, but expect to act as the buffer and medium to ease the tension between China and India. In terms of Sino-Japanese relation, the minister hopes that two sides can settle the argument peacefully and commit to the regional development together.
On July 28, HSK test was held for third time in 2016 in the Chinese language test center of Confucius Institute at Japan’s Kansai Gaidai University.
The test center is located in Study and Research Urban campus of Kansai Gaidai University, with 10 test points and over 30 supervisors. A total of 711 people took part in the examination (738 people registered for the test).
During the examination, Confucius Institute set up a special test room for the physically challenged students.
In recent years, besides English, more and more Japanese companies are considering Chinese language level as an important condition of promotion. The HSK test, as the Chinese language proficiency test recognized by Chinese government, is getting increasing number of examinees year by year.
It is learnt that Japan’s Kansai Gaidai University signed a contract with Chinese Testing International Co., Ltd. (CTI) (Beijing) and has started organizing HSK tests since 2010. This year the Confucius Institute is going to hold HSK tests four times. This time the test is approaching the final exam in the university, so a lot of students took it as an opportunity to check their Chinese learning skill and participated in the exam, the registration number of which created a new record of this year.
On July 15, two films jointly produced by Huaxia Film Distribution Co. Ltd. (China), Peacock Mountain Culture Media Co. Ltd. (China), Eros International Media Co. Ltd. (India) and Trinity Studio (India) were introduced at the press conference in India. The two films are “The Chinese wedding” and “The Zookeeper”.
Chinese market invites “Bollywood master” in the pursuit of excellent quality
The director of the film “The Chinese wedding” is Siddharth Anand, who directed the famous Bollywood love comedy “Salaam Namaste” and “Bang Bang”, very popular among Chinese fans. “Bang Bang”, as a Hollywood work penetrating into Bollywood world, is revised from “Knight and Day” starred by Tom Cruise, successfully obtained 3.8 billion rupees at the box office and 7 million dollars within one week after released in North America, ranked Top 10 in North American box office and became one of the biggest winner of the year in India.
At the back of the film “The Zookeeper” is the director very well known by Chinese spectator, Kabir Khan, who has attracted millions of global fans with the film “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” in 2015, which ranked at second place in Indian film history, but also gained a consistent global review: GOOD. The combination of “little girl + big uncle” has kept 100% freshness and scored same points on IMDB as Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Revenant”: 8.1, while in China, 8.7 on Douban, surpassing “P.K.” by 0.5 points.
In fact, for two Indian film directors, it is of special significance to collaborate with China. Kabir Khan said, “It is an exciting challenge to shoot the film with two languages. It is my first time to create a completely unique role in the new world. China and India share a great similar potential, I wish to create one film that combines two nations’ ethos.” Siddharth Anand provided his thoughts in view of spectator, “I feel very excited to be part of the film that will have broader spectator and to explore new areas and fields. We are making one story that can strike a sympathetic chord in both markets.”
Chinese and Indian top team together to ensure the accurate production system and multinational integration for the very first time
Simply from the film titles, both films have obvious traces of “road movie”, which is a very common type of comedy. “The Chinese wedding” is about one girl born in a traditional Indian family, facing parents’ arranged marriage, eloped with a Chinese boy to China. The entire Indian family members, in a rage, went to China to look for the girl. “The Zookeeper” tells about one zoo in a small town in India, with the business collapsing day by day, the young zookeeper decided to go to China to find one panda for more visitors to the zoo.
Chinese and Indian producing teams are cooperating with each other from the idea and the script of the two films. After more than one year of preparation, the script part has been in the final stage. The following shooting work will be mainly in Beijing and Sichuan respectively.
Indian company is holding a high expectation for the cooperation. Ajit Thakur, CEO of Trinity Studio attached to Eros International Media Co. Ltd., said, “This is a revolutionary milestone. Trinity Studio is the first Indian producing company in cooperation with China’s Huaxia Film Distribution Co. Ltd. and Peacock Mountain Culture Media Co. Ltd. Our vision is to produce truly global movies. With two famous directors Kabir Khan and Anand, it is a big leap for us to explore Chinese film market – world’s largest and fastest growing film market. We hope to create compelling film content and to weave the two social cultural worldview into the story with two languages. In this way spectator in the two great countries accounting for nearly half of the world’s population will certainly be attracted!”
In the aspect of cast and crew, Chinese leading actor and Indian leading actress will star in “The Chinese wedding” and vice versa in “The Zookeeper”. The creative director of both films will be taken up by the Chinese prominent filmmaker Sanping Han.
“The Chinese wedding” and “The Zookeeper” is scheduled to get released in May and at the end of next year respectively, which by the time will bring a special experience to the movie theaters.
On June 16th, Doctor Ganguli, president of India Online Education and Mr. Monirul from Bangladesh visited Kunming University. Mr. Xiang Li, vice principal of the University, held a warm welcome reception to the overseas guests. Both parties had in-depth exchanges and signed a joint agreement of establishing Chinese language center. At the same time, they discussed on the details about the student admission oriented to South Asian countries and joint undergraduate program in the field of hotel management and business management.
The meeting was presided by Mr. Xiang Li, with the presence of leaders from International exchange department, College of Economy, College of Tourism and College of Humanities of the University. The two sides had a detailed talk on the joint establishment of Chinese language training center for India and South Asian countries, as well as a deep understanding on the need of Chinese language learners in India, the Chinese language education progress, the selecting condition of Chinese teachers and issue of certificate. College of Humanities will draw up the teaching plans while Indian Online Education will start up the admission as soon as possible. The program will facilitate Chinese language learners in India and South Asian countries and Kunming University will dispatch regularly experienced teachers to India to carry out Chinese teaching.
Both sides had a warm discussion about joint training of hotel management and business management undergraduate. With the grant especially set for new foreign students, the two sides had a final agreement on the undergraduate enrollment of South Asian students to Kunming University. Indian Online Education plans to send the first batch of about 100 South Asian students to the University in the second half of this year for the undergraduate programs of hotel management and business management. Leaders from College of Economy and College of Tourism said they are actively engaged in all kinds of early-stage preparation.
After the negotiations, both sides have been clear about the tasks and agreed to take the projects into practice as early as possible.
On April 28, Colonel Qian Wu, spokesman of Chinese Ministry of Defense said that China held a positive attitude towards the military hotline of Sino-Indian frontier defense. The relevant department of two armies are doing some research on this and striving for an early agreement, to strengthen the frontier cooperation.
At the regular press conference held by Chinese Ministry of Defense in April, a reporter asked about the decisions or results after Indian defense minister paid a visit to China and held meetings on a wide range of subjects with a number of Chinese senior leaders including Chinese defense minister, as well as the situation of the two armies’ establishing hotline of frontier defense.
Mr. Wu said, at the invitation of Mr. Wanquan Chang, Chinese state councilor and defense minister, Mr. Manohar Parrikar, Indian defense minister visited China on April 16-20. During his stay, Chinese PM Keqiang Li, VP of Chinese military commission Changlong Fan and Defense minister Wanquan Chang had talks with the delegation respectively. The two sides had in-depth communication about the bilateral military relations, defense cooperation, border exchange and control, and the international and regional issues of common concern.
The two sides agreed that China and India strengthening the cooperation at peace, is not only benefiting Asian and global economy, but also sending a positive signal of peaceful development to the world. The Defense department and the army of both countries should enhance the strategic communication and pragmatic exchanges in every field; promote the mutual understanding and common interests; actively propel the establishment of the frontier defense hotline; intensify the border exchanges; jointly maintain the peace in border areas and create favorable conditions and atmosphere for the development of bilateral relations. The visit had reinforced the Sino-Indian relations, especially the further development of military relations.
On November 25th, the spokesman of the Indian Ministry of Railways said that India will sign an agreement with China this week and provide a report on the feasibility of constructing a 1754 km high-speed rail line between Delhi and Chennai. It is reported that the rail will be the world’s second longest high-speed one and the two countries are expected to build the rail together.
It is reported that the planned “Delhi – Chennai Route” has a total length of 1754 km, connecting Indian cities Delhi and Chennai. The construction cost is estimated to be 2 trillion rupees (about RMB 200 billion). This is part of “Diamond Quadrilateral” project proposed by India’s new Prime Minister Modi and it is expected that the rail will be the second longest high-speed rail corridor in the world and the longest in India after the construction, with the running speed of 300 km per hour. India’s newly appointed Minister of Railways Mr. Suresh Prabhu will be in charge of the project and will send a rail team to China for training. The research work is scheduled to begin early next year.
In September this year, in the Joint Statement of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India, India expressed its willingness to actively consider to build a high-speed railway with China. Therefore, the above high-speed railway construction agreement can be seen as a follow-up of the Joint Statement.
There is no highway in India and the transportation mainly relies on the railways. Data shows that India has railway lines of 64,000 km, the length of which ranks No.4 in the world, transporting over 23 million passengers every day. Indian Railway Department is the largest employer in the world, with more than 1.3 million employees. The speed of Indian trains is generally low. The current fastest train is the Express from New Delhi to Calcutta, with the speed of 87.17 km per hour.
Chinese export of high-speed rail is very active this month
On November 3rd, Mexico Department of Transportation announced that the union of China Railway Construction, China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation Limited and four local companies won the high-speed Mexico City to Queretaro rail project and the contract were valued at about RMB 27.016 billion. Though the tender got withdrawn after three days by Mexican government, experts predict that the Union has great possibility of winning the bidding again.
On November 18th, Thailand adopted a Sino-Thai Railway cooperation project. China will participate in the investment and the construction of a double track standard rail with a total length of 867 km.
On November 20th, China Railway Construction and Nigerian authorities signed the commercial contract of coastal rail project in Nigeria. The total contract amounts USD 11.97 billion, indicating the highest single contract amount in Chinese foreign project contracting history.
Russian Railways recently says that they are planning for the high-speed rail project between Moscow and Beijing, with a total mileage of 7000 – 8000 km and an investment of RUB 7 trillion (about RMB 935.2 billion).
On November 14th, Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, Indian ambassador to China, visited Chongqing with an Indian business delegation, introducing India’s investment environment and policies to Chongqing enterprises. Mr. Kantha proposed that Chongqing would strengthen the manufacturing and infrastructure cooperation with India, to exploit the industrial advantage between two places and to promote the bilateral trade development.
China and India are both the world’s ancient civilizations and have a long history of connection, of which when Chongqing acted as the auxiliary capital of China during World War II, the famous “Hump Course” put up an important air passage and friendship bridge between Chongqing and India. At that time, India set up the Indian Embassy in Chongqing and the site of which is still standing in Chongqing Nanshan Botanical Garden.
“Chongqing is the most dynamic economic center in western China.” said Mr. Kantha. This was the first time he came to Chongqing, and he hopes to come frequently in the future with continuous cooperation opportunities. As a vital point between the Silk Road Economic Zone and Yangtze River Economic Zone, Chongqing is playing an important role in the development of western China. Chongqing and India should produce their respective industrial advantages and build the further cooperation in manufacturing, infrastructure, IT, chemical, automotive, textiles and other fields.
Mr. Chen Heping, vice mayor of Chongqing, said that the total import and export trade value between Chongqing and India in 2013 amounted to $ 1.95 billion. In the first three quarters of 2014, the total trade value has reached $ 1.28 billion. Till September 2014, Chongqing has set up four companies in India, covering environmental protection, manufacturing, silk sales and medical fields.
It is understood that Chongqing Yunhe Hydropower Inc., China Chongqing International Construction Corporation, Chongqing Yuneng Taishan Electric Wire & Cable Co. Ltd are proceeding one batch of new projects so far in India, including e-commerce, garment outsourcing, software training, energy and infrastructure construction.
Mr. Kantha said that the current political and economic situation between China and India is encouraging and the relations between two countries affected nearly one-third of the global population. In October 204, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India, further improved the strategic partnership between China and India, and reached a series of consensus with Indian Prime Minister Modi on promoting the investment of Sino-Indian Industrial Park, infrastructure construction, financial cooperation and trade exchange.
“The core of the strategic partnership between two countries is the economic and commercial exchanges.” said Mr. Kantha. Currently India is paying more and more attention on the economy, hoping that China’s western development strategy and India’s Look East policy can enhance each other and create a good environment for the bilateral investment.
As an important outcome at the 2nd session of China-India Yoga Summit, Dali Yoga College and India Vivekananda Yoga University (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) officially signed the “Memorandum of Cooperation” in 10th evening. The two institutes will start all-round cooperation in the field such as Yoga and Health Research, Education and Training etc., bringing the research findings from SVYASA and major International organizations to China, which will effectively promote the development of yoga industry in China.
“Dali, as an important site of Ancient Tea Road, has always been closely linked with India. The “Memorandum of Cooperation” will further strengthen the bilateral cooperation in yoga field.” said Rongxin Yang, president of Dali Yoga College, at the signing ceremony.
“SVYASA has been engaged in research on yoga therapy and yoga education etc. As a pioneer in the yoga field, SVYASA is willing to bring the most advanced yoga philosophy to China so that more yoga enthusiasts find out the real charm of Yoga.” said Nagarathna, vice chancellor of SVYASA.
Vivekananda Yoga University of India is the only university approved by Indian government to provide yoga therapy and yoga education and research of undergraduate, master and doctoral degrees. SVYASA is a non-profit research and educational institute.