Chinese Consul General HE MA Zhanwu sets a spirited speech for ‘Furthering Trade Ties between India and China’ at Calcutta Chamber of Commerce talk session

HE Ma Zhanwu at Calcutta Chambers of Commerce 2
HE Ma Zhanwu at Calcutta Chambers of Commerce 2

Calcutta Chamber of Commerce hosts a special talk session with, H.E. Mr. MA Zhanwu on ‘Furthering Trade Ties between India and China’

27th May’2017, Kolkata:

Calcutta Chamber of Commerce a century old organization for trade,commerce and business at national and international level organized an exclusive trade talk with His Excellency  Mr. MA Zhanwu Consul General of the Peoples Republic of China, Kolkata.

Historically, India and China share relations for more than 2,000 years. China and India are the two most populous countries and fastest growing major economies in the world. Growth in diplomatic and economic influence has increased the significance of their bilateral relationship. Hence the President of Calcutta Chamber of Commerce Mr. Dinesh Jain took this opportunity to curate a Talk Session with His Excellency.

But with surprising many His Excellency himself, propagating knowledge on the agenda of ‘Furthering Trade Ties between India and China’. Also present at the session were State’s top business leaders, leaders of civil society and senior members of the diplomatic core whose presence added special meaning to this occasion. Right from the Buddhism to modern China and that to in context to Calcutta China long standing relation he made a very specific yet in details explanation why India and China will be the natural ally in future road ahead.

Stressing much on the emerging Sino-Trade trends of the two powerhouses of the world India and China the session commenced with an opening speech by Mr. Dinesh Jain, “The Calcutta Chamber of Commerce is the vanguard of development in trade and commerce serving since 186 years. Through our programs we enable groups of academicians, professionals, bureaucrats, statesmen and businessmen to indulge in a regular practice of exchanging thoughts and ideas involving current socio-economic & political scenarios. As we at the CCC believe discussions and dialogues lead to enhancement and resolution of self and the country. It is well known that economic ties between India and China are rapidly emerging as one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world. The extraordinary growth of Sino-Indian trade in the last few years and the growing awareness within the Indian business community of the potential of the Chinese market and vice versa has paved the way for a new emphasis on commerce and trade in bilateral relations. Bilateral ties are now moving on a fast track with frequent high-level visits, coupled with an impressive growth in trade and economic relations.”

Taking forward the session His Excellency Mr. MA Zhanwu expressed his gratitude for the honor bestowed upon him by the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce and said, “It is obvious, that relations between India and China have substantially improved and deepened in nearly all fields. The constant and frequent exchanges at the ministerial level and between heads of governments, clearly signaling India’s growing importance for China and vice versa. However, the full potential of relations has not been exploited yet, which will help open up excellent opportunities for the future.” During his speech he laid strong emphasis on the different avenues of the bi-lateral trade between China and India and how in different avenues like IT, Trade and Manufacturing are constructing a vis-à-vis bond.


ABOUT H.E Mr. MA Zhanwu Consul General of the Peoples Republic of China, Kolkata:

Mr. MA Zhanwu held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs throughout his career.

He was Attaché, Third Secretary, Department of Translation and Interpretation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) during 1992-1994. Served as Third Secretary, Chinese Embassy in Canada from 1994-1997.

Then assumed the positions of Third Secretary, Second Secretary and Deputy Director in the Department of Translation and Interpretation, MFA during 1997-2000.

Thereafter, appointed as Second Secretary, Deputy Director, and First Secretary, in the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs, MFA in 2000-2003.

Was Deputy County Head, Jinping County, Yunnan Province in 2003-2004 and then became Counselor, Chinese Embassy in the United States and served from 2004-2008.

From 2008-2011, he was Counselor, Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs, MFA.  Held the positions of Counselor and Deputy Director-General, Department of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs, MFA from 2011-2015.

Since 2015 Mr. MA Zhanwu is Consul General, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata. 

He is not only a well knowledgeable diplomat but also a fine gentleman and friends of many because of his pleasing nature.

ABOUT MR. DINESH JAIN (President of Calcutta Chamber of Commerce):

Mr. Dinesh K Jain, President of Calcutta Chamber of Commerce & MD of AUM Capital Market (P) Ltd. – is a Classic Entrepreneur and a leader with over 35 years of experience in Financial Market. He has led many successful businesses in financial space. He is also a social activist, a writer and a poet. A commerce graduate from Calcutta University, he has a list of degrees adorning his name, starting from FCA, ACS, ACMA, IFRS, M. Com., MA, to LLB, CFP, MBA and DHR. He has been conferred with the prestigious Swami Vivekanad Award for Excellence in Education in 2017 and 2013 Bharat Nirman Award for his contribution to the society.


In 1830 some traders and craftsmen of Calcutta organized themselves to form the Calcutta Trades Association which was a new kind of commercial organization, the first of its kind, not only in the country, but also in the far East. The Calcutta Trade Association was born thereafter, from realization of a handful of businessmen with certain interests and objectives in common which could be furthered by common action. On the 29th of December 1834, the Association was granted recognition as the first public body with powers to address the Government direct and on the 18th of January, 1883 it acquired the status of a corporate Body immediately following the incorporation of the Indian Companies Act, 1882. The most distinguishing operational aspects of the Calcutta Trades Association and its descendent, the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce, was its contribution for improving Calcutta’s civic amenities. In the subsequent period, with rapid industrialization of the country, the Association noting the changing context of the Indian economy geared up its activities vigorously with greater dynamism and urged with patriotic adventure the pursuit of a new way of life based on social justice and stability.

The Calcutta Trades Association which was established in 1890, thus assumed the name “The Calcutta Chamber of Commerce” in 1977. It may be recalled with real gratification that this august body had established the tradition over a century and a half to serve the country and the people in material progress and help development of the metropolitan City of Calcutta.