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AP centrally located to strengthen maritime silk route: CM

Given that Andhra Pradesh is poised as the Gateway of Southeast Asia, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu suggested Vice Minister of the International Department of CCPCC His Excellency, Chen Fengxiang to make China’s silk route pass through the state at Visakhapatnam. He explained that the state is centrally located and houses deep water ports offer an added advantage for maritime silk route.

The meeting of the Vice Minister with the Chief Minister also underlined China’s interest in investing in Andhra Pradesh and its capital city. “Make Amaravati your second home after Shanghai,” the Chief Minister said to Fengxiang.

Fengxiang added: “Following your successful visit to China, I wanted to visit Andhra Pradesh. When the time came to visit India, my first preference was Andhra Pradesh”. Recalling his visits to other capital cities around the world, Fengxiang expressed confidence that Amarvati will surpass other capital cities under the visionary leadership of the Chief Minister. “Since you are building from scratch, you can build a wonderful city, like drawing a beautiful picture on a blank paper,” he said.

The Chief Minister asked for the investments and expertise of the Chinese companies in building a world-class capital. “Be a part of the rare opportunity to build a capital city from scratch,” he said.

Outlining his plans of developing Amaravati as a smart city, the Chief Minister explained Fengxiang that the capital will be blue and green capital city, with a river waterfront stretched for about 40 km.

The Chief Minister also extended invitation for Chinese companies to be a part of constructing Amaravati. “There is no one who can build faster than the Chinese, we need your expertise,” he stated.

Earlier, Secretary (Industries) S.S. Rawat and Secretary (Infrastructure) Ajay Jain outlined the topography and advantages of India and Andhra Pradesh. Elaborating on the achievements of Andhra Pradesh, S.S. Rawat explained that the state has a strong agricultural sector, thriving manufacturing sector and is rich in mineral resources.

Ministers Nimmakayala Chinna Rajappa, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Acchan Naidu, Ravela Kishore Babu, Advisor (Communications) Dr. Parakala Prabhakar, members of the Chinese delegation and other officials were present. (INN)