Shimla: China Government would be extending technical and allied expertise in tourism; herbal, hydro power and horticulture sectors to Himachal Pradesh Government stated a high level Chinese delegation headed by the Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yan who called on Prem Kumar Dhumal, the Chief Minister today.
Prem Kumar Dhumal, raised the issue of providing access to the Mansarovar pilgrims through Himachal Pradesh, which was shortest and comparatively more safer to undertake pilgrimage to the Holy Mansarovar in Chinese territory. He said that he would also be writing to the Government of India to take up the matter with its Chinese counterparts so that the route was opened for pilgrimage through Himachal Pradesh and that it would go a long way in opening tourism promotion avenues to Chinese as well.
Welcoming investment and technical expertise of Chinese in promotion of different sectors, he said that bordering areas of both the countries had common topography where similar herbs could be cultivated to give boost to promote traditional system of ayurvedic medicines. He further stated that the State already had requisitioned the services of Chinese road Construction Company which would be creating quality infrastructure in the State.
Zhang Yan, Chinese Ambassador, said that the Chinese Government would be volunteering its expertise in various fields and that trade and commerce between both the countries was on the increase and about US$ 45 billion worth of it was being carried at the moment which was likely to increase further.
Chinese Ambassador invited Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, to visit China to see for himself the development and other projects of concern which could be beneficial to the State in future development.