LAHORE - The Government of China is seriously considering to promote imports from South-Asian countries and is willing to make investments in mutually interested areas. This was stated by Xiong Qinghua, Director General of Department of Commerce, Yunnan province of China, during a dinner meeting arranged in honor of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) delegation in Kunming city of China which was also attended by representative of diplomatic mission of South Asian countries in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, says a press release. Earlier, Tariq Sayeed, former President SAARC CCI gave a detailed presentation on trade relations between China and South Asia and stated that the South Asian Countries were reluctant to promote trade with China because of the fact that they have been facing huge trade deficit with China. He suggested to the Government of China to make investments in South Asian countries which will subsequently enhanced inflow of exports from South Asian countries to the Chinese market. He further stated that this would not only help meet domestic needs of South Asian countries but would also create surpluses for exports to China and henceforth will bridge trade gap between China and South Asia. The meeting was also attended by Iqbal Tabish Secretary General of SAARC CCI and business leaders from SAARC countries including Suraj Vaidya, Senior Vice President, FNCCI, MK Saharia, Chairman of Centre for Promotion of India-China Cooperation, Dr Anura Ekanayake, Chairman of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Kosala Wickramanake, Vice President, SAARC CCI (Sri Lanka Chapter), Ms Wu Rui, Director FPCCI office in China. The government officials from South Asian Diplomatic Missions in China also grace the occasion including Dr Saifuddin Junejo, Commercial Consular of Pakistan in Chengdu, Chander Pardesh, Vice Consul of India in Guangzhou, Wala Kuluge Sumunu, Consular of Sri Lanka in Chengdu, Leesha Mohamed, Second Secretary of Maldives, Nirmal Raj Kafle, Commercial Consular of Nepal, Ruhidas Jodder, Commercial Consular of Bangladesh and Yama Akrami, Commercial Consular of Afghanistan.