India, China explore ‘Buddhist circuit’

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India and China are exploring possibilities of establishing a ‘Buddhist circuit’ along with Sri Lanka and Nepal for Chinese travellers, which could be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to China next month.

“We are exploring the possibility of Buddhist circuit with Indian officials,” Huang Xilian, Deputy Director General of Asian Affairs in the Chinese Foreign Ministry told Indian media.  “This is visit India year in China so there will be efforts to promote this kind of event,” he said in reply to a question as to whether the four countries could organize the event connecting centers in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

 Last year 1.40 lakh Chinese visited Nepal, an increase of 70 per cent, indicating the popularity of Buddhist places like Lumbini where Buddha was born, he said.

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