The Pangoal Institution Jointly Held the First Sino-India High-Tech Forum in Mumbai, India
The Pangoal Institution Jointly Held the First Sino-India High-Tech Forum in Mumbai, India

Sino-Indian relations rebounded markedly in 2018.  In April this year, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi held an informal meeting in Wuhan, suggesting that the development of Sino-Indian relations came back on track.  Since then, the frequent meetings between the leaders of the two countries in critical international occasions, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) Summit in Qingdao and the G20 Summit, have further demonstrated that Sino-India relations have developed healthily and stably. Therefore, the exchanges and cooperation between the two countries have also ushered in new opportunities in the fields such as the economy, trade, culture, science, technology and so forth, resulting in many substantial advances.


In this context, from December 11 to 12, the first Sino-India High-Tech Forum was jointly held by the Institute for China-US People-to-People Exchange of Peking University, the Pangoal Institution, Observer Research Foundation, and Ji Xianlin Center for India-China Studies of University of Mumbai.  Tang Guocai, Consul General of China in Mumbai, attended the meeting. Additionally, for the other Chinese guests attending this forum, they were Wang Dong, Secretary-General of the Academic Committee of the Pangoal Institution and Executive Director of the Institute for China-US People-to-People Exchange of Peking University, Liu Ke, Vice Chairman of the Academic Committee of the Pangoal Institution and Academician of the Australian National Academy of Engineering, Chen Mingjie, CEO of Huawei India, Zheng Bin, President of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in the Indian branch, Wang Weijia, founding managing partner of American Venture Capital of China Equity, Wu Jiafu, Chairman of Moom Group, Ren Ren, Senior Consultant of Shenzhen Entrepreneur Innovation Association, and Sheng Zhongzhen, Alibaba Research Institute Senior Consultant.  For the Indian attendee, they were Dhaval Desai, Vice Chairman of Observer Research Foundation, Rohan Malhotra, one partner of Investopad, Arindrajit Bas, Senior Policy Researcher of the Network and Policy Center, Bangalore.  And other guests included officials from Ministry of Finance of India, entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers from think tanks.  The Chinese and Indian circles widely followed the event. More than 100 people from the scientific, business and policy realms of the two countries attended the event.


Observer Research Foundation, a leading independent think tank in India, was established in 1990 and brought together India's top economists and political scholars to provide intellectual support for the Indian government's decision-making and the Indian business community.  In its early days, it was mainly aimed at offering solutions to India's domestic economic problems in the 1990s. The current research scope covers security and strategy, government governance, environment, energy resources, and economic growth.  Under the enthusiastic advocation of the Indians friendly to China, the Ji Xianlin Center for India-China Studies of  University of Mumbai was set up in 2016 by India.  Its establishment demonstrates the desire of Indian intellectuals and business circles to study China and reflects the “from-inch-to-mile leap forward” of China-India relations initiated by Prime Minister Modi.


At the beginning of the forum, several attendees delivered their opening speeches.  They were Tang Guocai, Consul General of China in Mumbai, Dhaval Desai, Vice Chairman of Observer Research Foundation, Wang Dong, Secretary General of the Academic Committee of the Pangoal Institution and Executive Director of the Institute for China-US People-to-People Exchange of Peking University, and Arun Mohan Sukumar, director of Cyber Security and Internet Governance Initiative of Observer Research Foundation.  In Tang’s speech, he congratulated the successful convening of this important forum, which convened at the rights time.  And Tang pointed out that this a forum where China and India have first brought together the scientific, industrial, academic and think tanks circles to discuss how cross-discipline exchanges will effectively foster a platform for the technological, economic and cultural development both in China and India.  In Wang’s speech, he said that this forum aims to assemble the technological, industrial, academic and think tank circles in both countries to form a new platform to promote the Sino-India cooperation in technologies and humanities and consolidate the foundation of the Sino-India humanities exchanges, fostering the Sino-India relationship.  The forum consists of five groups of seminars: “Entrepreneurship in Asia,” “Future Internet Regulations in China and India,” “Technology and Sustainable Development in the Digital Future,” and “China’s ‘Western Look’: Investing in India’ E-Commerce,” and “The New Digital Revolution: Priority over Mobile Terminal.” The scene was packed with a warm discussion atmosphere.


The Pangoal Institution attaches great importance to India Studies.  Since the establishment on October 12, 2016, India Research Center has been committed to promoting non-governmental exchanges between China and India and laying a platform for exchanges between China and India to promote Sino-India relationship, which gains extensive attention and support from both counties. On May 9th, the Pangoal Institution and the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy jointly held a seminar in Beijing on the "Sino -India Relations in the ‘Indo-Pacific’ era” to discuss the prospect of Sino-India relationship and the role of the U.S. in South-Asia and India-Ocean regions.   This activity not only promotes Sino-Indian exchanges but also facilitates the scholars’ and media’s understanding of the two countries.  On March 21st and May 30th, Pankaj Sharma, Hindi Department Secretary of All India Congress Committee, and the economic professor M.V. Rajeev Gowda, also Member of Parliament in the Rajya Mr. Sabha and Chairman of the Research Department of the Indian National Congress visited the Pangoal Institution respectively.  Both of them participated in a symposium on the future of Sino-India relations, which was jointly organized by the Pangoal Institution and the Hainan Institute for World Watch.  The Pangoal Institution has always been concentrating on exchanges and cooperation with Indian academic, think tanks and business circles.  In the future, we will continue, with the strength of our institution, to endeavor to foster the Sino-Indian relationship.

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