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14 June, 2017 01:40:16 PM
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Kunming wants more tourists, students from Bangladesh

Independent Online Desk
Kunming wants more tourists, students from Bangladesh

The authorities of the capital city of Yunnan province want to see more Bangladeshi tourists and students in Kunming for visit or study. 

"We would like to see more tourists and students from Bangladesh coming to Kunming," Li Zhigong, Vice Mayor of the Kunming Municipal People's Government said. 

In an exclusive interview with BSS on the sideline of the seminar on Kunming's cooperation with cities across the world, he attached importance on cross boarder people to people interaction for exploring 

areas of cooperation and ensuring mutual benefits. 

"Kunming is a spring city and tourists can visit the city and the Yunnan province anytime," he said. 

While his attention was drawn to the condition of providing an invitation letter for getting a Chinese tourist visa, he agreed that the visa especially for the tourists should be made simpler. 

"We are also pushing (the central government) for facilitating cross boarder people to people interaction with easing the visa process further," the vice mayor, also a member of the Standing Committee of Kunming Municipal CPC Committee, said. 

Referring to the Kunming's existing cooperation with Chittagong, he said the port city was made one of the "sister cities" of Kunming that officially ensured continuous bilateral cooperation in different areas, including promotion of China's Belt and Road initiative. 

"Under the sister city concept, we had some exchange students here from Chittagong," Zhigong said, pointing out that many of the areas of potential cooperation still remained unexplored.

He believed that the cooperation between China and Bangladesh would deepen to a greater extent with development of the BCMI (Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, India) Economic Corridor.


He,however, noted that the progress in implementing the initiative has been slow for 'some reasons'
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Apart from the corridor, Zhigong said Bangladesh could get more cooperation from China in expanding its manufacturing, coal and infrastructure sectors. 

"China has expertise and technology for these sectors to share with Bangladesh," he said. 

The vice mayor said power is another sector where China can build long-term cooperation with Bangladesh and other Southeast Asian countries.BSS.

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