Xinjiang evinces interest to trade directly with India

China’s Muslim dominated, Xinjiang Uyghur province looks effervescent to open up direct border trade with India. Currently, trade is carried out through Pakistan as there are no border posts. India and Xinjiang traders meet annually at Rawalpindi to discuss the trade volume and items. Xinjiang in keen on developing direct trade links between New Delhi and Kashghar, a border town in Xinjiang, located at 1200 km from Delhi. In 2011, Xinjiang overall turnover was at $22.8 billion with neighbouring countries, thus it promises huge potential of trade.

  • Xinjiang is experiencing ethnic turmoil for the past several years with the Uyghurs protesting against the increasing settlements of Han Chinese.

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