China today said that a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India would facilitate more commerce between the two countries.
He was speaking at an interactive session organised by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce.
The 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held in October 2017 promised more opening up of the Chinese economy to the outside world, and also increased imports from other countries, he said.
"We are keen to import more from India, mostly from the eastern Indian states," the diplomat said.
He said that educational exchanges between India and China was another area where the two countries could work upon.
Despite divergences in the perceptions and approaches of New Delhi and Beijing on issues such as Sino‐Pakistani military and strategic ties and India's Tibet policy, both countries have enormous potential and opportunities to expand and deepen their economic and trade ties in their mutual interest. Emerging trends indicate that both India and China would remain highly competitive in the global and regional trade and economic domain, and would continue to compete for status and influence in the Asian region in general, and in South Asia in particular.
By: Swati Kaushal