China offers to develop Buddhist spots in Bihar

Zee News, Feb 12, 2007

Nalanda, India -- Showing special interest in the development of Buddhist spots in Bihar, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaxing today offered monetary support in promoting the land of Buddha.

Addressing the inaugural function of Xuan Zang Memorial Hall, constructed to mark the historic visit of the Chinese scholar of Buddhist theology in the seventh century Xuan Zang, Zhaxing said China had already prepared a project for the development of Buddhist spots in Bihar and would invest here accordingly.

He said if the Bihar government provides China with land for the project, the country would execute its schemes on the holy land of Buddha.

Expressing pleasure at the construction of Xuan Zang Memorial Hall, Zhaxing said it would further strengthen Sino-Indian relation. In a reminiscent mood the Foreign Minister said China had handed over the urn of Xuan Zang, the symbol of the cordial Sino-Indian relations, to the Bihar government fifty years ago and now it was great pride for china that the urn was placed in the Memorial Hall.

Enthused with the Chinese offer for investment in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar assured to provide land for the projects and maintained that the government would extend logistic support to the Chinese government.