Guwahati (Assam): :Amid growing dissatisfaction with New Delhi over Dalai Lama’s recent visit to two north east Indian provinces, a Chinese delegation from Beijing stressed need to strengthen bilateral trade and commerce in Assam.
Led by Chinese ambassador Lou Zhaohui, the five member delegation called on chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Dispur on Monday and formally invited him to attend the trade summit in Kunming slated for June.
The delegation which left back for Beijing via New Delhi on Tuesday further sought Sonowal’s help to kick off trade with Kunming and Yunan in view of the close proximity.
They met Sonowal a day after the courtesy visit to former chief minister Tarun Gogoi at his residence where certain pertinent serious issues were believed to have been discussed.
According to Gogoi, the Chinese delegation denied presence of any north eastern rebels in the country and that the south Asian power has been considering the concern of the north eastern province over the dam on the river Brahmaputra which originates in Tibet.
The team arrived in Assam on April 14 in Tinsukia to be greeted with a protest for construction of dam on the river Brahmaputra.
The Assam Public Works(,APW) alleged ULFA-I military head Paresh Baruah’s hidden role in the visit. According to APW leader Aabhijeet Sharma, the Chinese authorities were worried over the recent initiatives to dredge the mighty river Brahmaputra and to rush a delegation acting on the feedback of the most wanted rebel leader, Paresh Baruah to do a silent study on the river, an allegation denied by the delegation.