Kolkata, July 29 (ANI): Chinese Consul General Mao Siwei on Wednesday said that both India and China need deeper understanding of each other's culture for further strengthening of ties.
"Now China is the No. 1 trading partner of India, but culturally I think that we need deeper understanding between the two countries. So, I think that the inauguration of Lu Xun (bust). I see the importance of today's programme," he said.
Unveiling the bust of a Chinese poet Lu Xun in Kolkata, Mao said the Chinese sentiments are attached to the father of modern Chinese literature in the same way as India's Rabindranath Tagore.
On being asked about reports of India beefing its forces on China border, Mao evaded a reply.
"I have no knowledge about the military movement but I am sure that the Government of China and the people of China believe we will have better relations with the Indian people," he said.
Qian Jiamin, the mayor of Shao Xing city of China, and mayor of Kolkata, Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya unveiled the bronze bust of Lu Xun at the Town Hall in Kolkata. (ANI)