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Shanghai: India has been designated as a guest country for the first time in the 17-year history of the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, where an Indian culture week was inaugurated on Friday.

Named ‘India in Shanghai’, the culture week was inaugurated by Indian Ambassador Ashok K Kantha along with Vice Chair of The Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress, Zhong Yanqun, said the Indian Consulate in Shanghai in a statement.

Leading government officials from Shanghai and neighbouring cities attended the inauguration, along with leading personalities from the field of art and culture, local newspaper and television channel heads, university members and think tanks, representatives of Chinese and Indian companies as well as leading members of Indian diaspora, the statement said.

The decision to include India as a guest country followed the high level of importance attached by the leaders of India and China on promoting people-to-people linkages and interactions, as well as strengthening cultural exchanges between the two nations, the statement said.

The best of contemporary Indian arts were showcased at the India Culture Week.

The event included dance performances by the Daksha Sheth dance group, Bollywood extravaganza, tribal music by Rajasthan Josh and an exhibition called ‘Forms of Devotion’.

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Shanghai’s NGO Exhibits Syrian Children’s Arts and the Works Show Impact of War

A Chinese NGO opened an exhibition in Shanghai to showcase works of Syrian children in order to raise awareness of the migrant crisis in Syria and the works show the impact of war

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  • A Chinese NGO opened an exhibition in Shanghai to showcase works of Syrian children in order to raise awareness of the migrant crisis in Syria
  • The paintings depict war and the sufferings caused by it in the lives of the children
  • People were moved seeing the paintings and the issue of whether Shanghai can be able to help the refugees, was raised by Liu Yiqiang, founder of the NGO

 Sept 22, 2016: A non-governmental organisation (NGO) in China opened an exhibition in Shanghai this week to exhibit works done by Syrian children in order to raise social awareness about the crisis of the migrants in the war-torn country of Syria.

The Chinese Initiative on International Law, an independent NGO, obtained the paintings when its founder Liu Yiqiang and his team researched Syrian refugees in Greece and Turkey.

Migration flows are not new, but a wave of more than 1 million migrants last year prompted bitter divisions among European countries over how to share responsibility for them.

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After a request from a refugee center, Liu’s team brought 50 paintings by Syrian children back to China and put 30 of them on display in Shanghai on Monday.

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“I was shocked when I saw these paintings,” Liu said. “The bright colors used in each one of these paintings and the illustration of every side of the war and of their lives can directly bring you into the world of the children who have suffered the war.”

One of the children painted a giant green dinosaur towering over a child running away from it in fear.

At the United Nations General Assembly’s Summit for Refugees and Migrants, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced that China will provide $100 million of additional humanitarian aid to help solve problems brought about by the mass movement of refugees and migrants.

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“Shanghai received Jewish refugees during World War II. Now as an international metropolis, would Shanghai be able to do something for these refugees?” asked Li.

But one visitor to the exhibition disagreed.

“At this stage … China itself has many problems in its underdeveloped regions,” said Wang Le. “I do not think that China is suitable to receive refugees now.”

Another visitor Li Yan said she was moved by the art.

One of the painters “said that she would grow up into a happy woman,” she said. “However, they are living far away and becoming refugees now and don’t know that many countries are not willing to accept them.”

Liu said there will be a charity auction for the paintings in October. Funds raised from the auction will be donated to a special project at the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund which aims to educate young people in doing charitable work.

The exhibition will be on display until the end of September.

(VOA)