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Sunday , March 30 , 2014
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Yunnan seeks better ties with Bengal

Yunnan governor Li Jiheng and ICC president Shrivardhan Goenka in Calcutta on Saturday. A Telegraph picture

Calcutta, March 29: The Yunnan province of China is looking to consolidate trade, economic and tourism ties with India, in particular with Bengal.

Governor of Yunnan Li Jiheng, who was in the city today to explore trade and business opportunities, said the province’s geographical closeness to India offered good business scope between the two countries.

He said with the rising GDP of the province and increased focus on infrastructure development, there was scope for private investment in various sectors, including tourism.

“Last year, GDP of the Yunnan province was $192.1 billion at a year-on-year growth rate of 12.1 per cent. We have well-controlled inflation and unemployment rate,” Jiheng said at an interactive session of the Indian Chamber of Commerce.

He added that the province was focussing on developing road, rail and airport to attract more business and tourists.

The governor said both Yunnan and Bengal shared great historical ties and Kunming, capital of Yunnan, and Calcutta had been declared ‘sister’ cities. Both cities have good potential for tourism.