GANGTOK, June 21 � Ambassador of People�s Republic of China in India Le Yucheng today called on Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at his official residence Mintokgang here in the capital today.
He is here to witness the first batch of pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar cross over to China by the new route through Nathula Pass tomorrow.
During the meeting, Ambassador Yucheng expressed his happiness to be here to witness such a historic occasion and informed that his predecessor had also come to Sikkim to witness the opening of the Nathula Trade route in 2006.
Stating that Sikkim is a close neighbour, he said he was looking forward to full cooperation between China and Sikkim.
Chinese President�s visit to India last year and his counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s recent visit to China, have opened new avenues and created new opportunities after signing around 50 agreements between Asia�s two largest nations, he informed.
He felt that Sikkim could play its part in this new development by having Chinese investment in the State. Sikkim has a huge potential in the field of tourism and can cater to Chinese tourists, he added.
He further said that he was very optimistic about the future of Indo-China relationship, which, he said was growing upwards. As the two fastest-growing and emerging countries of the world, our common development will benefit people from both the sides, he added.
The diplomat invited the students of Sikkim to study in Chinese universities as education, he felt, was a very good form of cooperation.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on behalf on his government and people of Sikkim thanked both the Chinese as well as Government of India for opening this new route to Mansarovar and the trade route in 2006.
He informed that the State, by the end of this year, will be fully organic.
State Chief Secretary R Ongmu hoped that Sikkim�s organic products and flowers can have a good market in China and that these products could be exported through Nathula trade route.