Kolkata, Jan 29 (PTI) Chinese Consul General to Kolkata, Zha Liyou has said his country wants to build cultural bridge between Chinese provinces and eastern India. Also Read - Will Never Bow My Head Before BJP, Says Mamata Banerjee, Calls Saffron Party More Dangerous Than Maoists

China wants to build a “very fundamental bridge” linking the five eastern Indian states, including West Bengal, and Chinese provinces like Yunnan to facilitate people to people contact between the two countries, Liyou told PTI on the sidelines of a cultural programme by Chinese folk artists here on Monday night. Also Read - Amid Massive Vaccine Rollout, West Bengal Faces Roadblock as CoWIN App Faces Glitch on Day 1

“We want artists from West Bengal and other Indian states under the jurisdiction of the Consulate perform in China. I welcome Indian folk artists to come to China and also we would wish to bring more Chinese artists to come to India,” the diplomat said. Also Read - AIMIM's West Bengal Acting Chief Joins TMC Days After Owaisi Visited Poll-bound State

He said so far the consulate had very “successful experiences” in terms of feedback about such exchanges and “we are working on that (front).”

Asked if promoting the screening of films of each country could also be another thrust area, Liyou, who had taken over charge as the new Consul few days back, said “film is one of the industries we can really work very hard, we have to work on it. I can see there will be more cooperation project. We welcome that.”

Informing that Aamir Khan is a big name in China and his film ‘Dangal’ a hit in Chinese theatres, Liyou said, “We hope we can have more names of Indian films and stars in China.”

During the around two-hour long cultural performance, presenting vignettes of Chinese folk arts of various provinces and Mongolia, there was a colourful mix of acrobatics and choreography backed up by 3D digital effect in the presence of select guests.

The items included Little Yellow Dance, Wrestling Dance, High-pole art modelling, wedding on the grassland, Dancing Flower, Meeting at the Aobao and a special ‘Ode to Heroes and Indian song – Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja’.

The cultural programme was held to mark the Chinese Spring Festival to be held on the first week of February with the Chinese New Year slated to be held on February 5.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.