Beijing: India will soon open a Consulate General in the booming southern Chinese city of Guangzhou which would serve the needs of the growing Indian community in the region, especially businessmen and traders.
“We have done the initial spadework and identified the personnel to be posted in our new Consulate General in Guangzhou,” Indian Ambassador to China, Nirupama Rao, said while addressing Malayalees who had gathered to celebrate ‘Onam,´ the traditional harvest festival, in Beijing.
Chinese President Hu Jintao last year during his state visit to India had announced the decision of openign new consulates in Guangzhou and Kolkatta.
Rao, who has just returned from Guangzhou, said that she had interacted with the Indian community in the booming southern Chinese city, who have warmly welcomed the opening of the Indian consulate in their city.
India currently has only one Consulate General in Shanghai in mainland China. The country also has a Consulate General in Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China.
In the absence of an Indian Consulate in the vast southern China region, NRI traders from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and other countries, who have surrendered their Indian citizenship, have had to go either to Beijing or Hong Kong to get Indian visas. This move is most definitely one that has spread cheer amongst this community.