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Rajnath urges Chinese firms to join Indian projects

24 November 2015

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday called upon Chinese companies to take part in ongoing infrastructure development projects, including the 'Make in India' campaign, which could then be transformed to its next level of 'Scale Up India'.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh visiting the Tindai police station in Shanghai, China, on 23 November 2015  

Singh, who visited Shanghai from 21-23 November, was accompanied by China's vice minister of public security Chen Zhenmin throughout the Shanghai leg of his visit.

Singh met with mayor of Shanghai Yang Xiong earlier on Monday. Yang hosted a banquet for the visiting home minister.

During the meeting, Singh appreciated the efforts of the Shanghai Municipal Government to establish the city as a leading global financial, economic, trade and transportation hub with particular focus on innovation and technology.

The two sides also discussed ways to further institutionalise annual exchanges as part of the sister-city relationship with Mumbai, in particular strengthening of exchanges between the police forces of Shanghai and Mumbai.

The home minister also visited the Shanghai Public Security Bureau's Central Command and Control Centre, which is the largest single unit to respond to emergency calls, monitor traffic and manage rescue drills.

He also paid a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple and extended an invitation to the Chief Abbot to lead a delegation of Buddhist monks to India next year.

Singh also visited the Pudong Free Trade Zone and was given a detailed presentation on how FTZ's have attracted foreign investments in Shanghai in IT, innovation and knowledge sharing sectors.

Earlier on Sunday, he had addressed a large gathering of the Indian community of nearly 400 persons in Shanghai at the Infosys premises in Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park. Indians from Suzhou, Shaoxing, Yiwu and Keqiao had also joined in the interaction organized by the Indian Association of Shanghai.

He lauded the contributions of the Indian community in the Eastern China region in further deepening India-China bilateral trade and economic relations. He also called upon them to encourage Chinese companies to take part in ongoing infrastructure development projects including in the Make in India campaign, which could then be transformed to its next level of 'Scale Up India'.

As a special gesture, Singh was received and seen off on arrival and departure by vice mayor of Shanghai Bai Shaokang, who is also in charge of the Public Security Bureau in Shanghai.

(Also see: India, China to strengthen cooperation against terror)

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