PM Modi’s Three Days China Tour, Business on the Agenda

PM Modi’s Three Days China Tour, Business on the Agenda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived in President Xi Jinping's hometown Xi'anon beginning his three-day visit to China.

During his visit, he will hold summit talks with Jinping on a range of issues, including the festering border dispute and China's plans for infrastructure projects in PoK.

However, no big developments on the boundary dispute are expected. Mr. Modi would begin his day with a visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors museum, which has a large collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.

PM Modi "will be given the highest-level reception when he arrives on Thursday, with President Xi Jinping accompanies him throughout his stay in Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province. It is very rare for Chinese leaders to accompany foreign guests outside Beijing," the state-run China Daily reported.

The Prime Minister will hold summit level talks with President Xi this afternoon. He will also visit the famous Wild Goose Pagoda, the spiritual structure built to highlight famous Chinese Buddhist monk Xuan Zang's journey to India in 645 AD through the ancient Silk Road.

Mr Modi's formal talks with the Chinese leadership will take place on Friday in Beijing. India and China are expected to sign 20 business deals worth about $10 billion during PM Modi's visit.

Sources have told NDTV that trade imbalance will figure high on the agenda. The trade deficit between India and China increased about 34 percent to $48.43 billion in 2014-15 from $36.21 billion in the previous fiscal. This is what the government stated in Parliament on Wednesday.

The Indian prime minister is then scheduled to travel to Shanghai for what has been described by India’s foreign ministry as a “business stop” where he will meet with Chinese CEOs and address a business gathering.

“We expect business agreements to be signed,” India’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said on Tuesday at a news conference.

Mr. Modi will then visit the Fudan University where he will inaugurate a center for Gandhian studies.

He will also address a function for the Indian community in Shanghai.

Hence, China is the first leg of Modi's three-nation tour that will also take him to Mongolia and South Korea.