India keenly exploring possibility of extending TVoA to China: Union Tourism Minister

Travel Biz Monitor
Saturday, 04 April, 2015, 16 : 00 PM [IST]

By TBM Staff | Mumbai
At a recent meeting in New Delhi with a six-member delegation from China’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Culture and Tourism and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, said that the nation is keen to take forward its relationship with China and it is in this background that they are keenly exploring the possibility of extending the facility of Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) to China. The Chinese delegation was led by Wang Zuoan, Minister of Religious Affairs of China.

The purpose of the visit by the Chinese delegation was to take the cooperation with India further, especially in the area of Buddhist studies and exchange. The Buddhist Forum is being held in China in October this year to promote research and Buddhist studies, he added.

Welcoming the delegation, Dr Sharma said that Buddhism is the binding force between the two countries, and India values the common cultural relations with China, especially those based on Buddhist links, as per a PIB release.

Both sides agreed to work towards holding a jointly-curated exhibition on Xuang Zang (Hsuan tsang) in India and China. India has also proposed to host Virtual Museums on Indian Culture on Chinese platforms.

DG, ASI and DG, National Museum will visit China for the purpose of academics and research on the cave murals of Aurangabad (Ajanta & Ellora), and Dunhuang (China). India also requested China to provide Buddhist texts, if any, in Chinese Temples to India for translation into Sanskrit.

Also present at the meeting was Ravindra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, who informed that an exhibition on Buddhist Art was recently held in Shanghai and the same was visited by three lakh people. An exhibition of Modern Art will be organised soon in Guangzhou by NGMA of Ministry of Culture.

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