Four nation tourism corridor and the end of Second World War in Asia

The Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) said in a joint statement at the end of its 10th annual conference in Kunming (China),that 2015 would be the 70th anniversary of the end of Second World War in Asia.

Four nation tourism corridor and the end of Second World War in Asia

The Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) said in a joint statement at the end of its 10th annual conference in Kunming (China),that 2015 would be the 70th anniversary of the end of Second World War in Asia.

“With great importance to the BCIM growth corridor, K2K will encourage various aspects of connectivity between Kunming and Kolkata, including bilateral trade and tourism,” said the Kunming Statement 2014 signed by the Indian and Chinese delegations at the end of the 10th K2K conference this week.

The BCIM growth corridor, proposed by China, connects the four nation grouping from Kolkata to Kunming via Bangladesh, northeast India and Myanmar.

The Kunming statement decided to promote tourism by focussing on World War 2 sites like Stillwell Road, the Kohima-Imphal Highway and the Chindwin River banks famous for the Chindit operations in 1942-43.

“First World War sites like, Ypres, Verdun and Somme in France and Belgium has attracted huge tourist inflow and that has boosted local economies hugely. 2014-15 also marks the 70th anniversary of the fierce battles of Second World War in Asia and many of the battle sites are in the BCIM growth corridor,” said K2K Secretary General Binoda Mishra.
“That gives us a chance to boost poor local economies in this area because many tourists are likely to come from the West, China, India and Japan.”

The Kunming statement also stressed on greater academic and business collaboration to strengthen the sister city relations between Kolkata and Kunming.

India has been invited as the theme country at the China South Asia Expo to be held in 2015 at Kunming.

Delegates have also called for greater scientific cooperation between the research institutes of the two countries to protect shared eco systems.

Amarjyoti Borah, director of the Guwahati-based CESPR , proposed a ‘scientific platform’ to tackle environment challenges to shared eco systems like the Tsanpo-Brahmaputra river system which was crucial for Tibet, Northeast India and Bangladesh.

A track-II initiative between sister cities Kolkata and Kunming has urged India and China to open the proposed BCIM economic corridor to boost regional tourism.

Some of the fiercest battles of the Second World War were fought in the proposed BCIM (Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar) corridor that seeks to connect Kolkata with Kunming through Bangladesh, northeast India and upper Myanmar. The Kohima-Imphal highway marked one of the turning points of the War, because the Allied forces held that line and started pushing the Japanese back, like the Russians did from Stalingrad.

Not only Chinese and Indians, but also Japanese, Americans and British tourists would rush to these sites, local leaders think.

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